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Mitch Sisskind - Correspondent at Large

Three Restaurant Poems (by Mitch Sisskind)


The Acorn On Oak

The hamburgers, giant meatballs
Was all they really were but for
It just EXACTLY like you wanted it
Or I sure as hell did! Oh, hell yes!

The guy asked me did I want
Another one and I said damn right
I want another one! HELL YES
I want another one and I have
Never looked back! Oh, hell no!

I asked the guy why it's called
The Acorn On Oak and he said
Because Oak Street and also how
God sees the end in the beginning,
He sees the TREE in the SEED!

Geh Kacken
Here's how to get a reservation 
At any restaurant you want --
Or not just a reservation but 
A table right away, the best one
In the house and if not then
They can GEH KACKEN!

You call them up and here's 
What you say -- 'Hello,
'I'm coming over, I like to eat
'And I'm not afraid to pay for it,
'So take care of me and if not 
'Then you can GEH KACKEN!'

Usually they will then ask for 
Your name which really makes
No difference so I might say
GEH KACKEN or I might say

The Golden Ox

You and I, my love, so many nights 
Driving on Clybourne past the Golden Ox 
In the years I was with Phoenix Table Mat,
And later when I joined Quick Service Textiles 
At Walter Gips’ urging we still often spoke
Of the Golden Ox and planned to eat there
        But we never ate at the Golden Ox 
        And now we never will.


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on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

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