Playing The Hand You've Been Dealt

Our lives are shaped by our birth 

and by the opportunities we're given

There's no point complaining about your looks

or your background or your wealth

You've just got to get on with it

and play the hand you've been dealt


Take me for example

I'm good looking, healthy and rich

but you never hear me complaining

Ain't life a bitch?

◄ Time to see the priest

Giving Up The Fight ►


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Brian Maryon

Mon 18th Mar 2019 22:28

Thank you Kage, Dorothy and MC.

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M.C. Newberry

Sun 17th Mar 2019 17:40

I am always comforted by those who don't let so called "origins" hold them back; be they rich or poor; privileged or deprived.
Churchill was a product of a famous political and military
background yet it often proved a bar to progress for him as it
might also have been for many children of that sort, expected to
be something they found hard to fulfil and perhaps never wanted
in the first place. Expectations must have been a millstone around
many such necks as they strived to find their place in life and "measure up" to what was often intended FOR them..
Those from a poor (how relative is that?) background had the
challenge to be better than expected, plus the unexpected
freedom to achieve things thought either unlikely or even impossible.
Do the best you can with what you can.. So say I.

<Deleted User> (21487)

Sun 17th Mar 2019 09:41

I wanted to press the 'like' button but it has disappeared.

I enjoyed this poem, I liked the humour and the 'advice' that is so easy to give from a higher perch.


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kJ Walker

Sun 17th Mar 2019 07:06

Too right Brian. It isn't about what hand you were dealt it's about how you play it.
I was born into poverty, not blessed with the best of looks and sent to a school which didn't care.
I never let this hold me back. I left school early, worked hard all my life and scrimped and scraped whatever I could.

Just look at me now. A skint, uneducated, ugly old sod.

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