Even as a child she could play
a mean game of dominoes
sometimes it was just against her mother,
sometimes other members of the family as well,
or her friends and their mothers.
Games were always sedate,
well mannered, even tempered
dominoes carefully placed on the table
with a gentle click clack.
She usually won.
Later she discovered that the pub game
was quite different.
Every move was contested.
Dominoes were slammed down noisily
with a bounce
those already placed
and led to heated debate
about where they had been
and where they should be now.
And there was always an audience
which joined in as well
whichever was deemed appropriate.
Excitement mounted as the beer flowed.
And she won again.