Hazard

Risk is only risk, if unmeasured.

Bet only what you can afford

to lose. Whether his own

money, property, or hers,

this is but a tease, a sport

for fools, a game for cowards.

The Russians got it right with

the act of bravado that bears

their name. Revolver or not,

parachute or not, defying

all caution, all risk; the leap

that defies its landing.

I gamble only with my life.