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The Gambler

December 29, 2015

by Geraldine King


I wish I could love you more than I love casino

But I cannot

It’s the way my hand feels on the bulb on the end of the arm

In my sweaty palm

Heart beating

Eyes wide


I pull down, gently but with force

Hoping, waiting

For the climactic conclusion to my handiwork

Anticipating the XXX

But coming up empty

All I can do is try again

Inserting what little I have left

Until I have nothing

I wish I could love you more than I love casino

But I cannot.


Geraldine King is Anishinaabekwe from Kiashke Zaaging Anishinaabek (Gull Bay First Nation). Geraldine is a Master’s student in the Indigenous Governance Program at the University of Victoria where her primary research interests are centred on Indigenous erotica as viable resurgent governance praxis. Geraldine is the Managing Editor of Intercontinental Cry Magazine, a publication of the Centre for World Indigenous Studies.

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