Gambling My Words by Ann Christine Tabaka at

Gambling My Words

Gambling My Words

written by: Ann Christine Tabaka



I sold my book,
then I sold my heart,
and now I barter my soul
for a bag of marbles.

Jaspers, Aggies, Tigers …
All like precious gems.
I draw my circle on the ground.
In it, the pentagram of my fate.

The lights are dim,
The room is hot.
Surely the dementor is here
to collect his prize.

Shouts and yells, and whistles
drown out all intelligible thought.
A fever pitch rising,
the stakes are high.

Sweat pouring from my brow,
I shoot my taw.
I choke on my own breath.
A moan emits from somewhere deep.
Tonight will not be mine.

He looms over the room
with fiery red eyes,
and I know my fate is sealed.
I must write another book.

Ann Christine Tabaka

Ann Christine Tabaka

Ann Christine Tabaka was nominated for the 2017 Pushcart Prize in Poetry. She is the winner of Spillwords Press 2020 Publication of the Year, her bio is featured in the “Who’s Who of Emerging Writers 2020,” published by Sweetycat Press. Chris has been internationally published, and won poetry awards from numerous publications. Her work has been translated into Sequoyah-Cherokee Syllabics, and into Spanish. She is the author of 13 poetry books. She has been published in micro-fiction anthologies and short story publications. Christine lives in Delaware, USA. She loves gardening and cooking. Chris lives with her husband and four cats. Her most recent credits are: The American Writers Review, The Scribe Magazine, The Phoenix, Burningword Literary Journal, Muddy River Poetry Review, The Silver Blade, Silver Birch Press, Pomona Valley Review, Page & Spine, West Texas Literary Review, The Hungry Chimera, Sheila-Na-Gig, Foliate Oak Review, The McKinley Review, Fourth & Sycamore.
Ann Christine Tabaka

Latest posts by Ann Christine Tabaka (see all)