Speak Easy My Friend
(Homage to Montgomery County)
by Richard Tornello
As the dawn begins to stretch
awake, the early morning hours,
it shakes and bakes
its coffee’s cake.
Alas/alack, reality hits the
floor, I spring wide eyed.
THEY’VE cashiered the caffeine, and transfats…
shown the door.
What once was a feast of joy, is now just quite a bore.
Taste there was, was once so
the government now instigates,
ingredients which I consume, my metabolism participates.
Now in queue with all the rest
I stand and wait my turn.
Grim remembering of past goods
taste, for now, the gourmand’s cake.
While standing there I chance
my nose lifts in the air.
The perfume of….?
Nonfat cakes’ odor
smell/ the same,
the taste is cardboard fare.
I must be nuts, am I insane?
to my brain the perfume of… remember when?
Laws come down from higher
My abode, un-transfatted/decaffeinated town.
A lack of taste, we get no buzz.
The transfat Nazis have the fuzz.
That smell, perfume to my mind,
Memories trace, element, aroma … cake?
I hunt, I search …
to no avail.
I hang my head a low moan, and
escapes a wail.
A close friend comes, consoles
whispers sweet words in my ear.
I look up, Oh wonder full, you mock,
You must be kidding, my leg you pull.
He smiles and points a way. The
rest… is … up to me, says he:
discovered a way around the current laws,
My health be damned for sooth.
Behind the Starbucks in our town
An unknown bakery underground,
The cover of the street provides profound.”
“As I said, below the
store is a place for more.
Walk right up and knock the door.
Drop my name, when slide moves left,
but only after eyes meet test.”
“Entre in to hidden
place, a café of old, under case.”
“It will clog your
arteries make no mistake.
But what a flavor, my god, the taste.
Remember this-dear friend:
just speak easy, face demure.
And will a cup of java/jelly roll,
most- assuredly- appear.”
A smile across my face now
I’m hip to what I’m to do.
I speak his name in easy peace:
And … in … my… hand,
Oh great anticipation, a cake will place.
Coffee delight with friends so
The health effects,
“Life is short, dessert first.
Place that piece of cake right here!”
Now my thighs and hips grow
to all my friends surprise.
No idea have they of me when I
say I speak easy.
“Yes you do,”
is their reply,
“But still, we have no reason why
in this town of laws,
no reason forThis
Your girth is large, you mirth as big.
Seems you’ve eaten like a pig!
I smile a smile of sweet
I wink, I nod …
To those that know
no question made,
no answer given half baked.
I know just where my monies spent.
Not on junk, or tasteless dough,
It’s been parlayed, my love,… for jelly roll.