Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Deli On Granville

by Donal Mahoney

I lived in the attic back then,

and late those evenings I had to study

and couldn’t afford to go drinking

I’d run down to the deli and buy

bagels and smoked lox.

I’d watch the lame son

wrap each item in white paper

while his father, coughing at the register,

pointed to the cans on the wall

and screamed, “Serve yourself! Serve yourself!”

I’d grab a tin of baked beans and he’d smile.

Now, years later, I return to the deli

and find that it’s closed.

The sign on the door confirms

what everyone else already knows:

There has been a death in the family.

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