The bright lights enticed me.
I took a step inside,
saw the grandiose architecture
the work of millions of dollars centralized into one project

The playing room was spacious,
the ceiling high beyond belief,
the green felt tables beckoning to me to place some chips onward

I got burned that day.
Ninety-five dollars, all of it gone within an hour,
and it took me that lesson to realize that it doesn't matter
whether you hit or stay,
the home run lies in staying home.