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When my Bronxtime, long ago, far away
invites me for a visit, my thoughts stray
to Cypress Avenue. Memories wash
over me as I stop in for some nosh
halfway up the hill. In Rock’s deli,
savories surround me as I belly
up to the counter. Aromas billow–
juicy corned beef, sour pickles; it’s pillow-
shaped comfort food I want. Hot dogs, mustard-
lathered, with potato salad clustered
atop the soft bun? Not this trip. With fluffed
corners, egg-coated coverings and stuffed
with potatoes, herbs and spices so delicious,
this fondest food flashback’s cushioned by knishes.


A retired NYC elementary school teacher, John Thomas Clark lives in Scarsdale, NY with his wife Ginny, his daughter Chris, his son John and Lex, his black lab service dog. Currently, over one hundred of his poems are appearing in OCEAN, The Barefoot Muse, Byline, The Centrifugal Eye, Boston Literary Magazine, The Healing Muse, Tiger’s Eye and thirty-one other journals.  The Joy of Lex–his light-hearted romp recounting life with Lex–will be published in book form later this year with an introduction written by Dean Koontz. (He is the “Writer in the Spotlight” in the current issue of Boston Literary Magazine.)

© 2008, John Thomas Clark

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