Lucky me

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Sunday afternoon.
Warm and drowsy
As blackberry wine.
Walking through fields
I’ve known for thirty years.
Doormat stubble, shining grass,
A whiff of windfall crab-apples.

Dog nosing ahead,
My daughter at my side
Chattering like a magpie;
Still too young
To have her tongue
Tied by time and chemistry.

What strange chance
Made me glance
At the ground
Right there
Right then

And from the crowds around it
Light on that

One

Single stem
Of Trifolium repens
Ignoring its own bill matter
And getting its double helix
In a twist

Throwing out
Two extra tokens
Of pure dumb luck.

Plucked it
(Who wouldn’t?)
Wondered
Just what I held then
And what to do next
With my million-to-one shot:

Line up my seven numbers,
Put my shirt on some long-odds nag,
Back the Texans all the way to Arizona,
Book my ticket to The Strip

Or maybe
I already had
All the luck
Any one man needs.

 
 

More free verse. That universal talisman of good fortune, the four-leafed clover, is a genetic mutation that pops up roughly once for every 10,000 of its common-or-garden trifoliate brethren. Five-leafed specimens like the one I found at the weekend are held to be luckier still, since the odds of finding them are, literally, a million to one. Even so, that’s still roughly 14 times more likely than winning the lottery! N.

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9 thoughts on “Lucky me

  1. Hi Nick, again a lovely poem, and a light one, yet with deep thoughts and feelings, so free verse also suits you 🙂 and try to cultivate the clover! I really could use some luck! 🙂 ❤

  2. I’m always finding four leaf clovers, and even, rarely, a five leaf clover. My daughters always say that they can look and look and never find one, and then I’ll get out of the car at my older daughter’s house and somehow find one as I close the car door. I always give them away, trying to give the luck to other people. After all, the truth is I’ve
    …already had
    All the luck
    Any one man needs.
    I enjoyed reading this Nick, a lot.

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