My father used to scream
at the television when he was
watching the horses
he'd go to Off Track Betting while my mother was preparing our
early Sunday dinner
he'd leave about a half hour before post time while she was
then when he got back and we were sitting down to eat, he'd take
the plate she made for him and bring it into the den
you could tell what races he bet on because the volume would go
up to 10 and he'd be shouting over the crowd and the announcer:
Come on with this 4 horse!
Come on 4, you motherfucker!
Run, 4 , you bastard! Run!
if he lost he'd mute the TV
then you'd hear him ripping the
ticket up and him mumbling, I can't get a break or Jesus fucking Christ
then he'd come back into
the kitchen, angry
commanding my mother to
clean up the "shithouse"
then he'd return to
if he won you'd know it
he'd come back into the kitchen smiling
and pinch my mother
as she was
washing dishes at the sink
he'd tell her that he'd be right back
that she should put
the coffee on
that he'd bring back some cake