THE HUNGRY CASINO / by Joseph Castorino


It opens up its cavernous mouth

and exhales its cigar breath,

then it prepares for its next meal,

more greedy gamblers,

who are like meaty drumsticks

dreaming of finally

hitting the jackpot

and filling their huge pockets

with millions of clinking coins.


It opens its mouth and



gobbles them up,

chewing on the tasty meat

of their fat wallets.


After swallowing their savings,

it rudely spits them out,



bags of bones.