All Or Nothing – Eduard Dantes

There were ten years
Now five are left.

Five were spent in preparation
For this coming day;
Now what happens next
Will determine the remaining five.

An end awaits us all
But to get there
We have to make a journey
The turns we take
May be right or wrong
And we’ll never know,
Until the very end,
The merits of staying
On our chosen path.

We live our lives
Making plans,
Hoping we didn’t sacrifice
The pawns who would be queens.

Lives spent whispering dreams into our hearts,
Wishing that the waves;
Crashing as a result
Of those gambits we made,
Would never break us apart.

The results of
Five years full of gambits
And a painfully earned skill of patience
Lie not only with the back breaking
Barrels of bricks
Laid into the foundations of uncertain earth

But also with that grandiose beauty,
Lady Fortune,
Whose temperamental musings
And softly manicured hands
Hold our delicate strings
And plays them
To her tuning.

Yes, the time has come
To pay the piper
And I hope I have enough credit
To make him play
And lead those rats
Far away
Out from my dreams
And into the sounds
Of a clear and empty night’s air.


his name rhymes with ‘mince’. He’s rarely without a notebook and can usually be found next to the closest bottle of red wine. Previously a writer for The Roehampton Lane Journal.

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