Sea Bass!!! Stop In

They’re brassy!  They’re sassy!  By popular demand.  Back for a return engagement–Sea Bass & The Crustaceans.


Pink jumbo shrimp

Red snapper

In neon brilliance

At Joe Patti’s place

And gourmet shop

Now appearing

Sea Bass

For a limited



old building rusted tin

Market sign
Oxidized to
Rusty brown
Red Coca Cola
Circles on both ends
Were long ago gone
Grass grew in cracks
Of broken sidewalk

Flaked and peeling
White clapboard
With faded blue trim
Formerly welcomed
The neighborhood
To stop, shop
Chat with Angie
At checkout
Lonnie at the
Butcher counter

Black, Hunter
Ceiling fans
Turned slowly
During hot summer
Old men greeted
Passers by from
Chairs on both
Sides of the
Front entrance
Nobody seemed
To be in a hurry

The proprietor
George Preston
Always there
For friendly
To lend a hand
How long had it
Been since the
Store closed down?
Nobody knew how
To turn back time