Aces and Eights

For De’s quadrille prompt at dVerse. The word prompt is ace. A quadrille is a poem of exactly 44 words. A haibun in the manner of Basho.

Aces and Eights
“Some things are more precious because they don’t last long.” Oscar Wilde

The last hand of poker my father played was Aces and Eights. We played while he was in hospital. He died the next day while being operated on for a septuple heart bypass.
aces and eights –
my father’s brave heart stopped –
sad March rained

21 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. whimsygizmo
    Apr 08, 2019 @ 16:09:27

    Oh, Toni. This is so, so sad. And so, so good. That sad March rain punched me in the gut. I’m so sorry for your loss.


  2. Just Barry
    Apr 08, 2019 @ 16:19:35

    My condolences. This is a wonderful tribute to your father.


  3. Glenn Buttkus
    Apr 08, 2019 @ 17:08:52

    Your Dad, and Wild Bill Hickok with those aces and eights; cool. Your version is more poignant.


  4. Jade Li
    Apr 08, 2019 @ 17:40:11

    When loved ones pass, these memories are all we have.


  5. The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap
    Apr 08, 2019 @ 17:41:02

    A wonderful homage to your father. ❤️


  6. Grace
    Apr 08, 2019 @ 18:13:22

    Very sad and touching. Loving the haibun Toni.


  7. Mary (tqhousecat)
    Apr 08, 2019 @ 18:26:59

    How sad!


  8. Beverly Crawford
    Apr 08, 2019 @ 19:01:19

    Aces and eights will forever hold meaning for you. Thank you for sharing this very personal moment in your life.


  9. calmkate
    Apr 08, 2019 @ 19:34:35

    Sorry for your loss, the heart ache seldom diminishes!
    Nice tribute …


  10. robtkistner
    Apr 08, 2019 @ 22:57:17

    This is very touching Toni. Bittersweet memory, and so sorry…


  11. areadingwriter
    Apr 08, 2019 @ 23:23:10

    moving. bittersweet. touching. ❤


  12. annell4
    Apr 09, 2019 @ 10:04:43

    Yes, death often does come when we are doing something else. Sounds like his last game with you, was probably fun!! Good way to go….I am sorry for your loss, but as we, in New Mexico, always say, we need the moisture…”sad March rain.” xoxox


  13. Laura Bloomsbury
    Apr 09, 2019 @ 15:42:28

    you Dad sounds ace – so sorry for your loss though


  14. lynn__
    Apr 09, 2019 @ 16:14:45

    This one catches my heart in my throat, Toni! To think of his last hand dealt…sad rain indeed.


  15. Linda Kruschke
    Apr 09, 2019 @ 18:24:11

    Precious memories dealt in this poignant haibun quadrille.


  16. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar
    Apr 09, 2019 @ 18:44:58

    He was blessed you played with him – I’m sure it filled his heart.


  17. sreeja Harikrishnan
    Apr 10, 2019 @ 00:02:29

    Very touching….so nice you could play and have a good time together.


  18. Misky
    Apr 10, 2019 @ 15:32:58

    They are always in our heart.


  19. qbit
    Apr 10, 2019 @ 18:36:00

    The plahying poker with you/death, the 8-1 = 7 bypass, and the Haiku, all really great. March rains


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