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by Corey Weinstein
One may-o-pen the door to get a cool breeze
A hot summer’s day no eating intent,
Or might be egged on by a stomach’s desire,
Lettuce see what’s hidden shadowed in back,
Take stock of the cold sumptuous fair,
Cheese aged and salty like we elders
who learned flour power wasn’t enough,
Yogurt soured and cultured like me,
Bounded by apples, salsa, onions and leeks,
Milk fresh and sweet like a berry,
Some sad looking stuff but-ter-ific flavor,
Leftovers that get me out of a jam,
Out of a pickle, an odd and strange caper,
I’m not too chicken to cook today,
I relish the thought of a stir fry with
fennel, onions, carrots and cabbage,
peppered with olives, garlic and mint,
cooked quick and in thyme for lunch,
So-da stuff on shelves are lined up and neat,
Hummus, salsa, coffee and flax,
All that I want for another quick fix,
All that is needed except the toothpicks.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
A retired physician, Corey Weinstein is a musician, poet, songwriter and clarinet player. He has published two CDs of original music inspired by the Klezmer and Yiddish stage musical traditions and led Umzist, a Klezmer band playing benefits for Jewish elders for more than a decade. He wrote and performed at various venues a singspiel, Erased: Babi Yar, the SS and Me to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the massacre at Babi Yar. He plays clarinet in the Or Shalom Jewish Community choir, with The Jamberries Jazz Band at Shabbat services at Rhoda Goldman Plaza, and with any chamber music group he can find. He lives in the Ingleside of San Francisco with his wife of 37 years, Pat Skala.
Vistas & Byways Review is the semiannual journal of fiction, nonfiction and poetry by members of Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at San Francisco State University.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at San Francisco State University (OLLI at SF State) provides communal and material support to the Vistas & Byways volunteer staff.