Lyn Moir

All in the Cards

Calling it Napoleon,  my father played
Miss Milligan, repeating, as he laid the cards,
some story that his dad had told to him.
That’s how it works: a small addiction born
in firelight with the lashing rain outside,
the pasteboard shapes acquire familial romance.
I play the game, a ritual, and as I do,
startled by the clarity of my recall,
reflect on DNA, on bloodlines, tastes,
on grandpaternal influence… on chance.

Copyright © Lyn Moir 2013

Lyn Moir has published four collections, two with Arrowhead Press and two with Calder Wood Press. She lives in St. Andrews. She is working on a fifth collection.


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