By FadedBlues


(inspired by ‘O Fortuna’  Carl Orff)
Call her Empress
Call her Goddess
She is vague as the moon in the giving & taking of luck
Tempter of men
Betraying their women
To gamble their gold & honor & love on the turn of a card
The wheel spinning
The neon scorning
I’m drunk at the tables & betting the limit, dancing girls flirting
Flare-burst of lightning
Drum-beat of thunder
The derelict storm rushes the gutter I’m tossed in, fallen desolate gambler
Humble and ragged
I stand at her door
With tears in her eyes & gentle of hand she draws me inside to the fire
I pray a last prayer
To the goddess Fortuna
Despise me as vagrant & scandalous lover but hear my plea –
                                            don’t take her away from me


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Copyright 2014 FadedBlues
Published on Monday, February 10, 2014.     Filed under: "Graphic Art"
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  • Luna Jay On Tuesday, July 17, 2018, Luna Jay (474)By person wrote:

    It takes a strong person to not be tempted, especially with alcohol on's a time where one separates the men from the boys. One moment of pleasure can cause a lifetime of heartache. Beautifully written.

  • FadedBlues On Monday, February 10, 2014, FadedBlues (2976)By person wrote:

    Friends, thanks. I watched a performance of 'O Fortuna' conducted by Andre Rieu. it's excellent...

  • A former member wrote: Still one of your best, in my opinion. You've got the spirit, pal. Now yer talkin' MY kinda "olde time religion", John.....

  • Numbers Peppelini On Monday, February 10, 2014, Numbers Peppelini (95)By person wrote:

    Misfortune through the tempt towards a fools gold. It is this ill fate, that frightens me more than any demon, any tragedy, any imminent danger thrust at the chafe of a sword,

  • blue angel On Monday, February 10, 2014, blue angel (1134)By person wrote:

    You bring flare to the table.. Wow, this is minimal yet packed with so much emotion and imagery. Amazing write!!! Maybe she'll smile on him next time. :)

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