Widow Johnson and “Old Man Whiskers” [rev 6]

17 Nov

Wearing clean well-worn clothes,

widow Johnson visits old man whiskers, on invite.

Her mischievous greeting smile and wrinkling forehead (burrows of time —burrows of life)

quickly disappear as she walks through the door

carrying a deck of cards and a cribbage board.


He could tell she played this game before.


They have coffee, chit and chat

while she shuffles the cards

and ask him to cut, if he preferred that.

He does several times and they play cribbage.

15-2, 15-4, and a pair is 6 and on and on it goes.

Up one side of the board and down the other

until he’s skunked. Twice in the best of three.


Still counting each hole with one finger,

checking the peg’s last hole and repeating the score,

she takes his hand, winking at him,

leads him up the stairs to the bedroom,

as she sing-songs quietly, but quite clearly,

hearing widow Johnson giggling,



The Night Before Breakfast {vol I “Mill Street”]  2013-1018


Posted by on November 17, 2018 in Erotica, Friendship, Life, Prose Poetry, Zen


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16 responses to “Widow Johnson and “Old Man Whiskers” [rev 6]

  1. KB

    November 20, 2018 at 5:43 pm

    I was smiling as a read this. Cheeky and fun

    Liked by 1 person

  2. annell4

    November 20, 2018 at 12:45 pm

    One game leads to another.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Magaly Guerrero

    November 19, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    Oh, ZQ, this has made my day, probably my week–it reminds me of my Piano Man and I, the way we can always play and laugh with (and at) each other… especially when play is involved.

    You captured the emotions, the mood, the life… so vividly. It lingers… beautifully alive and completely believable.

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  4. Rallentanda.

    November 19, 2018 at 8:55 am

    Well I am shocked! This sounds like a geriatric version of strip poker, Now when I see nice old folk playing cards I will know what is really going on:)

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Poppy

    November 19, 2018 at 8:28 am

    Love her character description; that gal has spunk!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Vivian Zems

    November 19, 2018 at 4:28 am

    Lol! Everyone deserves a bit of fun 🙂

    Liked by 1 person


    November 18, 2018 at 10:25 pm

    Love the last line. I had to say it out loud!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. ZQ

    November 18, 2018 at 10:07 pm

    Yup! She was a sweet and cunning woman : )


  9. ZQ

    November 18, 2018 at 10:06 pm

    Yup it should have been 15-2 15-4 and a pair is 6… I’ll correct that Thanks.


  10. anmol(alias HA)

    November 18, 2018 at 9:39 pm

    Ooh, this play is quite alluring. I really like the setup and the progression. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  11. thotpurge

    November 18, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    sweet tale, I think 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Rosemary Nissen-Wade

    November 18, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    I used to love playing Cribbage! (Somehow never thought of your sequel, lol.)

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)

    November 18, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    Love the play… let the old enjoy themselves.

    Liked by 1 person

  14. Donna@LivingFromHappiness

    November 18, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    Ha ha she had more than cards on her mind….she likes a conquest it seems!

    Liked by 1 person

  15. Sherry Blue Sky

    November 18, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    LOL, more than one familiar game being playd here. This made me smile………..Love that “LOOO-ZAAAA”!

    Liked by 1 person

  16. skipmanning

    November 18, 2018 at 1:41 am

    Thanks .What enormous fun!

    Stateof a Stare

    Before I go to bed I thought I’d drop a line

    It’s been a while and much has risen with the dough.

    Things have occured that you might like to know,

    We are well, you know –the little changes happen.It’s all fine.


    It’s been a while and much is happening-

    People walk across the stage without saying a word,

    They turn and smile as if some leaf has stirred

    I don’t have to make these things up.  It’s a tune a bird can sing.


    It would be nice if someone could say they saw asign 

    Wouldn’t it be nice if someone could do something kind? 

    Point out an interesting thing or two they seem tofind.

    Days move through the calendar- circle neverunderline.


    A board creeks, and the strangers turn and grin

    Like a slice of watermelon smile, full of sin.

                                                                        Slm 11162018

    Draft 2

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