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My uncles read him the coupon

(He couldn’t read or write)

Grandpa

Francois

Marked the draws with an X



Predicting weekly who’d beat who

But rarely got it right

Grandpa

Francois

Failed to win the big cheques



Master baker of the Belgian bun

The flour ruined his sight

Grandpa

Francois

His eyes not helped by specs



Allowed me in the double-gate cage

Where finches fluttered in flight

Grandpa

Francois

Enduring scratches and pecks



Totting up the dartboard score

I’d better get it right

Grandpa

Francois

Carefully inspects



Cards and cash on the table

Each wintry Saturday night

Grandpa

Francois

Tips when he collects



He sprinkled spoken English

With Flemish left and right

Grandpa

Francois

Grammatically perplexed



Too young to discover his story

I never acknowledged his plight

Grandpa

Francois

Paying my respects



Signed off with an X

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