by Jack B. Bedell

Our old men
wait on Saturday all week—
through daily mail,
evening news, roast
three ways, three nights,
made-up chores—
just to deal cards
and be dealt to.

Theirs is true art,
the grouping of hand
by number and by suit,

the bearing of time
until card meets table.


Jack B. Bedell is Professor of English and coordinator of Creative Writing at Southeastern Louisiana University, where he also edits Louisiana Literature and directs the Louisiana Literature Press. His latest collections are Elliptic (Yellow Flag Press, 2016), Revenant (Blue Horse Press, 2016) and Bone-Hollow, True: New & Selected Poems(Texas Review Press, 2013). He has been appointed by Gov. John Bel Edwards to serve as Louisiana Poet Laureate from 2017-2019. 

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