come in spinner – the game of two-up
Posted: February 16, 2013 Filed under: language, poetry, recreation, traditions | Tags: 2up, C J Dennis, kip, Royal Australian Mint, The Sentimental Bloke, two-up
C J Dennis
- excerpt from The Sentimental Bloke HT Perry Middlemiss
Image of two-up kip and pennies - Royal Australian Mint
"Ow are yeh on a little gamble, Kid?" sez Ginger Mick.
"Lars' night I'm on four quid.
Come 'round an' try yer luck at Steeny's school.
"No," sez me conscience. Then I thinks,
'Why not? An buy 'er presents if I wins a pot?
A blazin' fool I wus. Fer 'arf a mo' I 'as a fight;
Then conscience skies the wipe ... Sez I "Orright."
.... Ten minutes later I was back once more,
Kip in me 'and, on Steeny Isaac's floor.
Me luck was in an' I wus 'eadin good.
Yes, back agen amongst the same old crew!
An' orl the time down in me 'eart I knew I never should.
... Nex' thing I knows it's after two o'clock - -
Two in the morning! An' I've done me block!
"Wot odds?" I thinks. "I'm in fer it orright."
An' so I stops an' gambles orl the night;
An' bribes me conscience wiv the gilt I wins.
But when I comes out in the cold, 'ard dawn
I know I've crooled me pitch;
me soul's in pawn.
My flamin' sins they 'its me in a 'eap right where I live;
Fer I 'ave broke the solim vow I give.
Rules of the game courtesy of The Australian War Memorial site and their source M G Houston.