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Lazy Saturday afternoon

Opening a bottle of pinot noir

Listening to opera

Chopping garlic

Fresh garden basil, oregano, and rosemary

Mushrooms, onions, and peppers

Vine ripe home-grown tomatoes

Ground sirloin

Sausage

Simmering

Hour after hour

Occasionally

I stir the pot

Contentment

Making homemade spaghetti sauce

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Craps was the game he played

Once a month

Took a round trip flight

Lauderdale to Nassau

Carried his cash in an old bag

Stood most of the night

At the table

Sometimes won

Sometimes lost

His demeanor

Always stable

Just a way to unwind

The game

Cleared his mind