Burn Card Bust

Dad gambled us onto a solid
matter map
                        before dying
maybe his orange 1957
Nomad was nothing more
than an aborted ambulance
order converted back to car,
picking up the corpse early—
a security guard would later
claim orange was never air
brushed into factory being,
but it kept dad mobile as a
Plains Indian to bank jobs,
casinos, and book making
joints in prescratch card
Yes, that car a converted
ambulance until the acute
leukemia came—poker
chips morphing to pain,
and break even isn’t ever
written on the board  or
anyone’s burn card

—David S. Pointer, Murfreesboro, TN