The Metaphysics of Mr. Lucky by Neil Ellman

(after the painting by Jonathan Lasker)

Mr. Lucky gambles
on a time machine
bets it all, rolls the dice
pulls the bandit’s arm and prays
to the lords of ontology
cosmology and grace
for cherries in a row
eternal life he thinks
he knows the odds, being
what his being is
Mr. Lucky trusts on faith
he doubles down
before his luck and time
runs out.


About Neil Ellman