The gambler in me


This game, don’t know the rules,
Just that I’m playing blind,
Trying to fly the damn thing
But by pushing my nose up against the glass
And trying to push forward,
To beat the machine
And prove that programmes can be changed
And defeat is not inevitability
If my dreams have a say in the outcome,
That this cosmic lottery
Comes eventually to those who wait
With a Eureka moment when
A winner is born and all the effort
And all the faith
And persistence
And fucking stubbornness
Pays off in the end
So I can begin to believe again.


About Bart Wolffe

BART WOLFFE Biography After many years in the advertising industry in Zimbabwe, working with both electronic media and print, Bart developed as an independent writer and theatre practitioner responsible for running workshops throughout the countries of southern Africa until he left in 2003. Organisations he has worked with include the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace, the British Council, The Goethe Institute, Alliance Francaise and many more. He brought a team of actors to London and Edinburgh to perform six of his plays in 1997. His work has been recognised widely with awards and reviewed positively in many international publications. His own portfolio, which includes plays and novels and poetry, reflects his passion for giving voice to the voiceless, to minorities and dispossessed individuals. In June 2010, Bart undertook 8 workshops with refugee children from schools around Croydon and at the end of the same year, performed an evening of his writings “The Night of the Underdog” at Ruskin House, Croydon. During Refugee Week, the Victoria & Albert Museum hosted an event where he gave a reading of his poetry accompanied by a traditional mbira player from Zimbabwe. A chapbook essay on exile and alienation was published under the title of FLOTSAM by Exiled Writers Ink. He has been interviewed on BBC Radio since being here as well as by German Radio and an Independent Zimbabwean radio station broadcasting from London to Africa. Most recently, he has been a guest on Croydon radio for Poets Anonymous. His published works may be found on and Amazon. He won a national poetry award in 2013 and has recorded many audio books. He was a resource provider in workshops with schools in Norfolk and London, ran a series of theatre workshops with refugee children in Croydon and has presented his work with a community-based organisation that goes by the name of Moot and whose underlying philosophy concerns staying human in the city. He was also a primary guest speaker for a British Psychological Society seminar. His published plays under the cover of AFRICA DREAM THEATRE incorporate a body of work that express themes such as loss of innocence, discrimination, intolerance and alienation. Since leaving Zimbabwe in 2003, Bart spent two years in Germany before settling in England.
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One Response to The gambler in me

  1. John Stevens says:

    That says it for us all Bart. Well done!

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