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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 8, Number 3, September 2014


Roger D. Jones
New Braunfels, Texas, USA

Four Old Men

My great-grandfather plays pinochle in the front yard with his similarly-aged friends. They’ve set up a card table and cane chairs in the dirt driveway, under a walnut tree. One of Granddad’s fellow players has ridden across town on a bicycle. I see him arrive, wheeling around the corner. He props his bike against a tree. He’s in his mid-80s, and wears a straw Panama hat. The other two are white-haired gentlemen in flannel shirts. Things can get serious with these guys. Granddad keeps score by marking it with a stick in the dust beside his foot. If he begins to lose, he has been known to scratch out the score. Mother says you can tell how things are going for Granddad by the amount of dust hanging in the air.

afternoon shadows
two jays bicker
in a top branch



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