The Gamble: A 2016 Poem


A lot of crazy things happened in the world in 2016, but the following poem is more of a reflection of a personal journey of which I am still chaotically in process than a commentary on recent events. I hope it can encourage you in your own life story.

Near the beginning of the year, I decided to gamble on bringing something I had stuffed away for 10 years to the surface. It has not produced the result I was hoping for, but deep down I always knew it probably would not . . . this year has been hard, but God has been good to me through music, writing, counseling, family, and friends.

I’m limping into these first few days of 2017 with a wounded, yet living hope (1 Peter 1:3-5).

The Gamble
by Lindsey Snyder
I never expected to win,
to lay out my cards:
coy smile, Royal Flush


well maybe
a 1 in 175,000,000 powerball chance


best chance I’d ever have
so why not try?


but with only one ticket
the odds were never in my favor
so why can’t I accept that I’ve lost?


spent all my money
at the slot machines
trying to get
twenty-four cherries in a row


empty pockets, hands, heart
slowly admitting the longings and losses
opening up to higher winnings


this I know:
bankrupt hearts are primed to be dealt
a new hand
once they can learn to fold

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