Poet: Edgar Lee Masters
Poem: Tom Beatty
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Comment 2 of 4, added on December 13th, 2005 at 2:59 PM.
The poem, actually, has little to nothing to do with God. The man telling the poem, Tom Beatty, is discussing life in general. He personifies life, saying, "... Life's a gambler..." Tom Beatty is telling us how life places obstacles in our way; Life makes "the percentage hard to conquer"; Life "stacks the cards to catch our weakness"; all poker metaphors. Tom also comments that you have 70 years to play, meaning 70 years till you die, and if you can not "win", at life, then you fail. It is as simple as that. Taking this poem and turning it into some context against God is missing the entire point all together. This poem comes from a play called Spoon River, which contains around 200 poems based on deceased people both real and fictional. It is always good to do your research before commenting on anything.
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