|Like a Dog: available here|
Best of both worlds:
purveyor of packaged goods
just five steps from the bar,
Janus of the neighborhoods
bravely facing gritty renewal,
ideal place for odd occasions.
I miss your neon and smoke,
the old men ribbing me in Polish,
as the barkeep worked molasses
out of his legs to grudgingly pour
a shot while I wasted time between classes
pretended I understood the barfly’s joke,
nodded at midday mothers pushing strollers.
Vincent Francone is a writer from Chicago whose memoir, Like a Dog, was published in the fall of 2015. He won first place in the 2009 Illinois Emerging Writers Competition (Gwendolyn Brooks Award) and is at work on a collection of poems and stories. Visit www.vincentfrancone.com to read his work or say hi.