Down to his last.
Around the table, laughter, bravado and scorn.
Stacks so fat, they don’t care.
For Mickey, it’s not even about cards anymore.
Watching hawk-like, for a scratch or sigh.
1 mistake away.
A pair of kings and some breathing room.
Bluffs his next hand.
And feels the blood rush back.
Lithograph from Charles A. Alston, New York Public Library Digital Collection, Public Domain