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June 24, 2024

Another Bad Bet

By Richard LeDue

Another Bad Bet

The wager went unsaid,
while I studied
non-dramatic literature, the rule
of law, Camus crashing into a tree,
Jungian rebirth (neat enough
to fit in the plot
of some Canadian novels
we pretend are more read
than they are),
but the gamble was there --
the dealer god (trapped
in my red grade school bible
like it was a 9-5 job)
or a tenured professor (still
proud of getting a doctorate
before 30), even if I never thought
how empty pockets filled with knowledge
would weigh me down,
make my fear of water redundant
as a English Literature degree
qualifying me to answer phones
for General Motors,
only to turn my future into a penny
sinking under a wish.

Article © Richard LeDue. All rights reserved.
Published on 2023-10-23
Image(s) are public domain.
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