One minus one
The opposite of something is not nothing.
The opposite of something is everything.
(According to the mystics.)
Roulette is a losing game,
round and round, round and round,
odds stacked heavily in the house’s favor.
The only way to win is to walk away,
a feat that has proven near impossible
what with the lure of the jackpot,
the mere exhilaration of the game
and the belief etched in the depths
of every mind that this elaborately staged table
surrounded by its fanatical players
is the only game in town.
O child of God, one minus one, say the mystics,
is not zero. One minus one is God.