Tuesday, April 4, 2017
WHAT MY CHILDHOOD TASTED LIKE
Sea-salty steamed clams,
I remember the first time I ate them
dripping with melted butter
at Wormwood's Restaurant in Camp Ellis,
I think my mother cut me off,
I ate too many.
On hands and knees
in a vast field,
I picked until my fingers were stained
Little tart, sweet jewels
My Gram pressed coins
into my hand
sending me to Reilly's Bakery
the custard oozed
when bitten or the pastry was held too tight,
we indulged, just the two of us.
Peppermint stick ice cream
dripped down my hand,
down my arm to my elbow,
a melted flow,
my mother yelled, 'Lick!"
the napkin stuck to the sugar cone.
Root beer barrels, two for a penny,
I sat on the scratchy beach blanket
the candy rolling inside my mouth,
when I grew tired of root beer
I counted the licks to the center of a
cherry tootsie pop, until my tongue grew
(This post is inspired by Amy Krouse Rosenthal.)