Life’s a Crap Shoot

Teresa Roberts
Apr 13, 2024


I was nine

the first time

I realized

that life is

a crap shoot

Maybe younger

to be honest

when I watched

playground bullies

tormenting another kid

I couldn’t sleep

that night

The dark was scary

But I also feared the light

Because I knew

even though

I was only a child

that I, too,

could be on

the receiving end

of a bad hand

a dirty deal

pointless pain

or just being

in the wrong place

at the right time

No matter if I

beg or cry

Except for sheer luck,

there go I …

and you, too.

— Teresa Roberts 2024

Written while listening to the BBC report on the mass killings in Sidney Australia shopping center.



Teresa Roberts

Teresa is an author, world traveler, and professional myth buster. She’s also a top writer on climate change and the future.