The Dollar Menu

The Dollar Menu

A Poem by jacob erin-cilberto

The Dollar Menu

 

 

 

5th floor

a dumb waiter

serving hamburgers

at a joint

on Sedgewick 

a familiar face from sixty years thence

 

menus for lunch 

at a house near the grade school

young friends 

goodbyes to strangers

5th floor

flying away

 

Santa came in through the fire escape

I waited under the tree

flying away 

in my dreams

on Sedgewick

a dumb waiter

 

the fries limp

from walking five flights

up

I wave to the street

goodbyes to strangers

and a familiar face from sixty years thence

 

my face

my dreams

my cold fries.

 

 

erin-cilberto

12/23/21

© 2021 jacob erin-cilberto


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A lovely trip down memory lane
when times were a tad sweeter
with familiars faces with smiles
even the cold limp fries add
a special warmth to be felt

a sweet write



Posted 5 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

5 Months Ago

thank you for your kind review, Fran,
j.
Where does the time go J.? Those memories just reach out of the past sometimes and rattle our emotional cages. I'm happy that you are able to transform them into bits of shared poetry for us to enjoy. I enjoyed the read and now I have those soggy fries stuck in my head. (smile)

Posted 5 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

5 Months Ago

Thank you for sharing the memories, Fabian,
j.
Fabian G. Franklin

5 Months Ago

Thank you for sharing the fries. (smile)
A trip into the past. Things were simpler then. I bet even those cold fries were more appetising. I'm glad I have lived in better times.

Chris

Posted 5 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

5 Months Ago

I am glad, too.
thank you, Chris...
appreciate your visit.
j.
Now this one made me laugh.. because of the last line..
Now at the age of 73 I can certainly relate to this poem and actually all the ones I have read of yours.
Brings back so many memories..but then much of our lives when we get older is about our memories..

Posted 5 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

5 Months Ago

Our generation has some good memories, eh Lisa?
Back in the fifties we could never imagine li.. read more
Lisasview

5 Months Ago

I have had a very busy life.. but in 2018 we came for a visit to Benissa, Spain...we stayed a month .. read more
You were obviously on the wrong block. The other block had girls on roller skates taking orders for hamburgers. Merry Christmas Jacob and thanks for sharing your marvellous poetry.

Posted 5 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

5 Months Ago

thank you, andrew....and Merry Christmas back at ya.
j.
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Gee
Like Sharon I know not the scene but enjoyed your words. Also gives me chance to wish you a merry Christmas Jacob and hope the new year is good to you.


Posted 5 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

5 Months Ago

thank you, Gee, and to you and yours a merry and a happy...
j.
I'm not familiar with this scene but I know good poetry when I read it! Thanks for sharing Jacob. ~Sharon

Posted 5 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

5 Months Ago

thank you dear Sharon....
Happy and Merry to you and yours.
j.
"5th floor
a dumb waiter
serving hamburgers
at a joint
on Sedgewick "
A Bronx Christmas Tale-Yes!! I remember it & I feel it again. Thanks for the memories my friend & I wish Wonderful Holidays for you & yours...Bronxite to Bronxite: it never leaves you!

Posted 5 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

5 Months Ago

Yes, I have not been back there for 63 years, but it has never left me.
thank you, Annette,read more
Yes, those old memories of dumb waiters, no longer do we have that mystical hamburger and cold fries, but I do remember them as well as the automates….put your nickel in and the food pops out….those were the days…. I still remember….and I remember the fire escapes too… still there by the way in many buildings lower Manhattan ……how else could Santa get in?
Nice nostalgic write J
Merry Eveyrhing!🎄🎄🎄



Posted 5 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

5 Months Ago

thank you for sharing, Betty, and Merry Everything to you too.
j.
Cold limp fries love that, this is wonderful Jacob

Posted 5 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

5 Months Ago

thank you, C.H.J.

j.

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jacob erin-cilberto

Carbondale, IL



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Originally from Bronx, NY, I live in Carbondale, Illinois...teach English at a community college and have been writing and publishing poetry since 1970. I am here to read for inspiration from other po.. more..

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