High Octain Poker


The challenge from OSP on Monday was to attempt a High Octain, which is a double version of an ordinary/low Octain. Its a new poetry form, created by Luke Prater. I had the honour of him taking a Low Octain I had written, in a local dialect fashion, and giving some constructive critisism and ideas of how to improve the effort. So here we go, never one to forsake a challenge, I have produced this effort in the hope that it is somewhere close to the form required. The title is a play on words and should make the subject matter fairly obvious.

The race began, much like the last,
Some players old, some players new,
Novices play and make their debut,

Table the stage, players the cast,
Rail was set, awaiting first bet,
Action came thick, Action came fast,

Of limpers there were, only a few
The race is on, aim to outlast.

The race is on, chips are amassed,
Short stacks will shove, as if on cue,
Blinds stolen amidst latest coup,

Final table, bubble passed,
Making the cash, do nothing rash,
Taking it down, rail is aghast,

Standing so proud, champion new
Race won, opponents outclassed.

There are a few instances where poker terminology is used.

Rail: The audience in a live game.

Limper: A player who only calls the Big Blind.

Blind [big and small]: Forced bet at the start of every hand, raising as time passes.

Short Stack: Player with hardly any chips left.

Bubble: The point where you make the money in a tournament

I hope I did the form and myself justice here.

You can be the judge of that.

My submission to One Stop Form

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4 responses to “High Octain Poker

  • liv2write2day

    This is fun. As far as meter goes, I think I’m able to make it fit for myself by the way I read it, using rests as in music. And congrats on having your other one featured by Luke on One Stop Form. High honor!

  • rmpWritings

    quite an enjoyable read. I appreciate the vocab lesson…saved me from looking up a word or two. it had a very nice flow. you may have missed a syllable in “Final table, bubble passed.” ‘-ed’ usually does not add an additional syllable when attached to a word. otherwise I think you hit the mark quite well.

  • Luke Prater

    Again you take interesting vocabulary and incorporate it into a piece – this immediately make it different and unusual (in a god way) before we’ve even begun. I like that very much; so much poetry goes the well-trodden route, cliche after cliche, with a common angle on a topic written about a million times since forever. Kudos on pulling of a great High Octain Tino.

  • claudia

    high octain poker – alone the title is worth 5 stars tino – loved it – such creative writing!

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