Poem: “Wager”


On that day as dusk became
He gambled in a deadly game,
Indemnity for them or no:
Here, see the flesh and blood I throw

If I lose, their death has won,
Forever yielding dust to dust,
See the crown that I throw down:
Pride and malice, greed and lust

I am the gamble and the stake
The won and lost, the risk of all,
Come soul that will My gamble take
If win then win take all

But those for whom He wagered then
Knew not the sacrifice
On which the souls of all depend,
The throwing of the dice

August 13, 2011

Pavel Chichikov is a Washington DC-based poet and photographer. He has written for both the secular and the Catholic press on issues as diverse as Russian nuclear weapons systems, Olympic athletes, and miracles. His books include From Here to Babylon: Poems by Pavel Chichikov,  Lion Sun: Poems by Pavel Chichikov, Mysteries and Stations in the Manner of Ignatius, and Animal Kingdom. Pavel may be heard reading his works on catholicradiointernational.com and on pavelreads.com. His poetry regularly appears on "The Poetry of Pavel Chichikov."