"What's the world for you if you can't make it up the way you want."

-Jazz, Toni Morrison


SONNY'S BAGELS

SONNY'S BAGELS

The jar says tips for girls
the girls are old,
round & Russian
thick sexy accents
Borscht with Sour Cream.

Poured into fitted jeans
gems mounted on rear pockets,
hunched over worn countertops
they sweep butter across

bread, fling beads of
sweat with dingy sleeves.
August in Jersey,
both ovens blasting.

Blushing, I drop a dollar,
she grants me a nod
as her colleague hands me a present,
wrapped in parchment.


Stacey Z. Lawrence teaches poetry at Columbia High School in Maplewood, NJ.

Manna for Mama

Manna for Mama

Petrolhead

Petrolhead

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