Taking Turns

      by Michael Dylan Welch and Garry Gay

 

First published in Hammerhorn Lake (Foster City, California: Press Here, 1995) by Garry Gay, John Thompson, and Michael Dylan Welch. Written 3–4 September 1994 on a camping trip at Hammerhorn Lake, California.     +

 

 

by candlelight

the ace of spades

bent at the corner                                                           Michael

 

        with red fingernails

        she puts me in check                                              Garry

 

the lost scrabble piece

turns up this morning

in the vacuum cleaner                                                   Michael

 

leapfrogging

all the pieces—

king me                                                                                Garry

 

        my turn—I blow the dice

        for free parking                                                        Michael

 

cheating

myself

at solitaire                                                                           Garry