Judy Kay-Wolff

A Forty-One Year Old Ode to Edgar (Kaplan)

Rummaging through some old storage boxes, I came across many verses I had penned for special occasions over a fifty-year span.  Suddenly I found myself staring at a poem I had hand-written to Edgar shortly after the 1967 Montreal Mixed Pair which I related last week in "REMEMBERING EDGAR."  Since it was so apropos, I have succumbed to the urge to post it:



‘Twas time for the Mixed – a capacity house

   I sat down across from – the ‘pard’ of my spouse

Our system agreed — (mild Kaplanish-Kay)

   The opponents arrived – we entered the fray

I told partner dear – (in case he forgot)

   To bid his own cards – (cause bashful, I’m not)!!

Before very long – came the first sign of trouble

   I made a light call – the opponents screamed double!

To embark on a game – such as this is a pity

   But when the smoke cleared – 730 looked pretty.

My style was consistent – throughout the long day

   I’d overbid – and he’d overplay

We vied for the part scores – (intrepid – no doubt)

   The motto I bore – was NEVER SELLOUT

Never sell out – (you must understand)

   Only applies – when HE plays the hand

Precise and so thoughtful – he bids with such grace

   And doesn’t go hopping – all over the place

I know what he’s got – (he can’t say the same)

   It would take all the mystery – out of my game

So be it by fate – or the luck of the draw

   I sure enjoyed bein’ – his partner-in-law.

(Signed) Mrs. Norman Kay


MaggieOctober 6th, 2008 at 1:52 am

Judy, I so much enjoy reading your stories….and the poem is just precious. I hope you are enjoying writing them as much as we enjoy reading them. I’m sure you have a loyal following by now!

Jackie KarlenOctober 6th, 2008 at 10:41 pm


Your many talents never cease to amaze me, and many others, I am sure. This was a really clever poem, and I remember playing in the same tourney that you refer to, however, my partner was BK (a fellow whom you know), not Edgar K. Keep up the nice work, it is much appreciated and enjoyed.

EvieOctober 7th, 2008 at 8:32 pm


You are the best in everything! I only wish I had been playing bridge then to witness some of these events

markOctober 13th, 2008 at 2:20 am

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