Sunday, September 23, 2007

Holy Roller

God hands me the dice...

He says:
"Lucky sevens, Holy Elevens,"
righteous echoes playing havoc
in the houses of the holy.

Looks like Einstein was wrong...

(Einstein said of the universe
in regards to chance occurrence
"god does not play dice")

I throw His forbidden bones,
praying they aren't loaded....

"snake eyes again," He says.

Wasn't fate supposed to be
what we make of it?

But as of now,
I owe the Big Guy
a penny and a pound.

So I look Him in the eye:
"Double or nothin--you know
I'm a man of my word"

And for one last wild cast,
the bones tumble down, around
for destiny, for a soul--
for one more lucky number
that I know is meant to be.


Maithri said...

Beautiful! Love the seemless amalgam you've made between the roll of chance and whats 'meant to be'.

You know, I'm sure God plays dice and lots of other games too. ;) After all this is a playful universe,

In fact maybe thats how George Bush was made, ;)

Light and love and congrats once again on a most beautiful piece of work, Maithri

eric1313 said...


Thanks for the words. Maybe we lost on that throw, getting ourselves a crazy eight years of the little bush as a consolation prize.

I hope something good comes frm the next throw. Thanks for the visit. Peace.

the walking man said...

If Bush came from a roll of the dice, please quit rolling them Eric or God or whoever rolled them. Please.

Because I believe he wants a nukleer war.



JR's Thumbprints said...

It's okay to shut down a few school districts, as long as we keep rollin' them bones. Hey, even gambler blowin' his brains out doesn't merit closing those casinos.

Maithri said...

Amen to that Eric!

singleton said...

sevens to eleven
porch party
early bird special
house rules
nothin's wild!

Cazzie!!! said...

Exactly, whatever number the dice is rolled is what is meant to be..canot change it can we? said...

The beginning of real wisdom.

I swear the markings on those dice are in Linear A, an ancient Achean script.
And what if Einstein moved from the Aleph or Alpha to the kabala.

Well, things certainly did go bang.

...Just a thought on too much coffee.


eric1313 said...

Walking Man

It wasn't me!

Al Gore crapped out on that throw.

We always say "majority rules", but it never does.

Just ask Andrew Jackson. He lost his first bid for presidency in the eight twenties due to that clause that says "the executive office is too important for the common man to decide."

So yeah, your vote always means something. Like a peice of toilet paper in the oval officw...

eric1313 said...


Right. That would interfere with the gov't getting their money back from the fools who think that one day they will beat the house.


So let it be written--I hope it will be done.

Bush is done in '08. Unless some kind of "executive power" fiasco crops up... (I always hate talking like that, since one never knows anymore...)

eric1313 said...


We're partying now.

Had to help build my brother's porch again today. Glad to see you in a good frame of mind, friend.

'tis a heady wine...

eric1313 said...


Love the poetry of your response...

"what is meant to be..canot change it can we?"

Exactly. Clink!

eric1313 said...


You are seeing correctly. I found the craziest dice I could, these ones were called "Rune Casters".

Achean? Or perhaps Argive? Hmmmm?

We all hope the dice aren't loaded.

Just as TWM or JR. America's dice sure seem to be that way.

Marissa said...

this might be one of my favorite poems i've ever read of yours. there is something magical about the flow and rhythm of it. it just speaks to me!

eric1313 said...


Thank you; it was fun to write, so I made sure to post it right away, hoping it would get a good response.

May my poems speak to you and others more and more.

Crashdummie said...

Kinda summarizes life doesn’t it – to win some you have to be willing to lose some. But if life is a gamble, does that make God a dealer?

Cheers :)

eric1313 said...


He certainly is like a pit boss... monitoring the tables and keeping an eye on the cheaters--they can stay, but they can't win too much, by hook or by crook, or they're out on their butts! Or not...

We can throw the dice, but we'd better be prepared to pay up.

Nice seeing you, Crashy. As always.

Ultra Toast Mosha God said...

Yeah, well God still owes me $50 for kneecapping Judas and Brutus under an agreement I cannot discuss here.

He never calls me back.

karma lennon said...

Very cool! The way life has been lately I think I lost the dice game with god.

Crashdummie said...

Yupp, know what you mean... you should check out "The Gambler" by Kenny Rogers if you haven't done that:

"...Said, if you’re gonna play the game, boy, ya gotta learn to play it right.

You got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em,
Know when to walk away and know when to run.
You never count your money when you’re sittin’ at the table.
There’ll be time enough for countin’ when the dealin’s done."

benjibopper said...

i thought we were supposed to blame nader for bush?

loved this one eric.

btw, you were my six thousandth visitor! at least i think that was you.

benjibopper said...

oh sorry, jumped the gun. you were number 5900.

Princess Pointful said...

And you leave us wondering (or, perhaps not wondering, if you believe in fate) what happens.
I loved the first two lines though-- especially "holy elevens", for some reason.
Maybe it was just a nice playful rhyme that managed to fit.

EA Monroe said...

Hi, Eric! Thought I'd drop by since I was out cruising. Who was it said life is a crap shoot? Maybe it was Ivan! ;-)

I really like this -- and it would make a great song. I think the used to be Doors have a new CD coming out soon. From what I've heard the old Doors got together and put some music to/behind some recordings of Jim Morrison's poetry. It might be interesting.

Keep going with the flow!

Crashdummie said...

oh, I suppose you have already heard that one.

Oh well, I suppose I lost that game then ;)


Anonymous said...

I really like this one, Eric, because I can read a lot into it if I want, but I can also take it at the literal level, and both ways it is enjoyable.

drips of paint said...

what is meant to be will not be if chances are not taken & dice not thrown ... I think god knows that too //Looks like Einstein was wrong...// indeed!
just a thought...:))

captain corky said...

Can you tell God to please help me out with the Powerball on Wednesday?

Thanks Eric,
I appreciate it.

Blancodeviosa said...

What imagination!!

I personally think God has a sense of humor and plays dice. He must be cool like that.

ann said...

you are good...
you are very good

however if you know
anything it is this

we plan... G-d laughs

eric1313 said...


I'd have to say, yes. God just dealt them out, now ante up if you want to take the ride!

Ultra Toast

And He won't come clean? He's got a lot of unclaimed treasures in heaven, forfeiture from those who end up falling short beyond redemption. Maybe a personal visit will be in order.

eric1313 said...


You only crapped out on this throw, not the whole game. Keep rollin' the bones--sevens'll show for you very soon.


"You better count your money while you're sittin at the table.
There'll be time enough for countin'
When the dealin's done."

eric1313 said...


Thanks about the poem.

Wecould blame Nader for Bush, but then we'd need to blame Ross Perot for Bill Clinton--and we can't give a nutty rich man too much credit for those eight fine years.


We could wonder about the future, or roll with what happens next and take it if it were meant to be. It's nice to have a choice.

Thanks about the rhyme. I love non-traditional rhyme schemes, just a blip on the radar, so to speak, and off running with the rest of the lines.

eric1313 said...


You like the idea of me setting this to music. Thank you for the encouragement there. I could--I'd just have to get better with home recordings, I think, since I don't have a band anymore.

I've listened to that new CD of the Doors. At first I thought it was a shameless money making ploy, but after hearing it, I realized it was really their attempt to get back to the best music they had ever made in their lives. Can't fault them for that.

Or, really, I can't fault them for wanting to make money, either. I could use some cash flow, right about yesterday...

eric1313 said...


You lost nothing. As they say in poker, "nothin's a good hand!"

Duality, or not, it's a great saying to think about.


Couldn't ask for any more from my writing. To have it in spades in both interpretation, and in the images it presents.

Thanks for the mighty compliment.

eric1313 said...

Drips of Paint

Right. "God helps those who help themselves" is a common proverb.

Really it means nothing will get done if we don't get off our butts and make something happen. Take the dice and cast them ouselves...

Captian Corky
Let the chips fall where they may--but may they fall into our pockets, since that's where they will matter most!

Peace out

eric1313 said...


He did give us free will. He must enjoy an unpredictable show, if you ask me.

Probably throws milkduds at the screen during love scenes, too...

Thanks for dropping by, Blanco. You're a loyal reader and I'm glad for your comments.

eric1313 said...


I think He does laugh at us quite a bit. I hope He's laughing now!

Thanks for you compliments, and you too are quite good with the verse, friend. Glad to see you, too.