Garlic Bread, a poem



Baugettes, Fire Island Rustic Bakeshop, Anchorage. [TWCarns Photo]

Garlic Bread

Streamlined torpedo.
Exterior, a hard brittle crust,
but it’s a sham.
At your core,
you are soft and yielding.

Indulgent tang
of garlic minced in butter.
My lips are slick
with guilty pleasure.


Did your ancestors
come through Ellis Island?
Did they lose
the French surname Pain,
to help you fit in
with this hodgepodge
of western food?


I see your great grandfather
strapped to the back of a bicycle
being pedaled up
the steep cobbled streets
of Montmartre

Did he spend time
in a sidewalk café,
a third at the table
with Hemingway and Joyce
sharing a bottle of Bordeaux?

Would he look
on his Americanized descendant
with the disdain
of a Parisian waiter?

Paul Winkel
Anchorage, March 29, 2014

Paris Photography  3
Streets of MontMarte in Paris,, picture.

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