It wasn’t a request, and she led me ahead.
We stood in a queue of blue skirts and ribbons,
In the field where the fete was to begin.
It did seem like the simplest of all games –
You drew out a number from a dark, deep bag,
And waited your chance to get a gift back.
I’d played that game year after year,
Turned back disappointed on drawing a silly rubber,
Pencil or cutter!
I hoped this time, Dame Luck would take my side
I drew out a number with a prayer and a sigh!
A tiffin, pencil box or even a hair-band
I wanted desperately any of those in my hand.
But no different was this year
As the teacher turned around to give me a silly, silly eraser!
Long after those days in school
Life wasn’t too different from that game of hit and try:
I felt God lure me to endless games of Lucky Dip
And turn me back each time empty-handed.
I drew a blank on so many turns
I was beginning to wonder
Who ever came out winner in this silly game of Lucky Dip!