Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Taliban's Non-Bluff

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I've always enjoyed reading about conspiracy
though many times I don't believe the theory.
I think they're good for expanding your mind.
Sometimes they explain the "coincidences" we find.
I'm a little late learning of the latest lavish scheme
and can't decide if it helped promote good or mean.

Some say that the secret whereabouts of Osama
came from poker sites used by me and yo mama.
On Black Friday they took the three biggest websites down,
causing many online gamblers frustration and a frown.
Supposedly the indictments gave them access to user files
and to the closest friend of the Taliban leader aka SinisterSmiles?

Just kidding... I have no idea what the user's name is
but I wonder if he's a bluffer or odd calculating whiz.
I may very well have played against him in a tournament.
I wonder if he still thinks it was fun money well spent?
They got Osama.  I lost my favorite poker site.
Yet I'm sure new ones are popping up each night.

The way I see it, these sites were targeted for info
because they were the only people who'd know.
They've done some good by helping put an end to an era
but the new leader could be worse! (Sorry to scare ya.)
Like gambling, the Taliban isn't going to stop
just because Uncle Sam took down their Pop.

So, what are we doing calling their non-bluff?
Making sure the world knows that we're tough?
(But also considerate enough to honor religion
by burying him at sea scarcely waiting a smidgen.)
Though we may have the cards to back an all-in bet,
I still think this victory might also bring regret.

© Rachel Hoyt 2011.  All rights reserved.

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  1. You're right!Let us wait and see if it is really victory or regret.


  2. What a great combination of elements. Politics, curiosity, playfulness...

    (This is off topic of this particular poem, but seeing as you are a Dr. Seuss fan I wanted to let you know about the Dr. Seuss Memorial Sculpture Garden in Springfield, Massachusetts. It is spectacular... oh, whimsy and art and outdoors... anyway - if you are ever in Western Massachusetts!)

    My Wednesday One Shot Poem for today.

  3. nice. love how you blended different things into a coherent theme...we are one man safer...and yes he has already been replaced....

  4. nice rhymes...and unfortunately it is like you write...one goes down and the next turns up...seamlessly...

  5. Great way to combine poker with bin Laden.
    I can relate so well to this and Black Friday is going to send shockwaves around the globe, on and off the tables.

    For every bin Laden killed, there are many thousands waiting to replace him. Why did the FBI never seize his domain?

  6. @Alejandro - LOL. Thanks. Now I have that song stuck in my head. :)

    @Rimly - Yes, we will have to wait and see. Only time will tell.

    @nene - Thanks & good to see you around here again. :)

    @Julie - I'm glad you enjoyed my writing and even gladder you told me about that garden. I don't know when I'll be in western Massachusetts, but I'll be sure to check it out! I hadn't heard of it before now. :)

    @Brian - Yeah, I didn't think I wanted to write anything about Osama... but then he popped into my poker theme. So, there you have it. :) I'm glad you like the combo.

    @Claudia - Yes... sadly, one bites the dust, another rises from the ashes. The circle of life.

    @Tino - Good point! Why didn't they seize Osama's domain? I'm going to guess it wasn't purchased in the US, so they couldn't? Hmmmm...

  7. Enjoyed the blend of fun and fear in one single work. Perhaps we should try to maintain this equipoise as a philosophy of life. Well done Rachel.

  8. Thoughtful and whimsical at the same time. :) Nice job.

  9. Stick to a conventional poetry slant and avoid the politics of such personal rant. Your artless words in the course of this session most resemble some form of dogmatic expression.


Rhyming or not, I would like a lot to hear the thoughts my words brought...