The Only Deli

January 22, 2016 admin No comments exist

The Only Deli


Murray owns the deli.
The last deli, the only deli.

And thousands of menus
and millions of pictures

on a hundred-year old wall.
Germans. Romanians. Hungarians. Poles. Russians.

All inside boisterous delis.
The Jewish pub. A pint of gefilte.

A shot of matzoh ball.
The news here first, often Yiddish.

The Stage with star sandwiches.
The Bogart, the Audrey Hepburn.

The James Cagney, the Rock Hudson.
Named after patrons not kosher.

The best Jewish food this side
of Brooklyn. Inside the only deli.


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