Seriously Funny
{A Bumbershoot Special Feature}

Gail White

lives in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, where she is working to make rhyme the dominant style of poetry again.

She edited the anthology Kiss and Part and her new book, Easy Marks, is just out from Word Tech Press.

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On the Death by Drowning
of my Favorite New Orleans Restaurant

The corner of Canal and Carrolton
sheltered Mandina’s, where for seventeen
years every Saturday they poured me one
black Russian followed by trout amandine

or the best shrimp loaf on the whole Gulf coast.
But now the watermark is at my eyes,
the floors have rotted, and the stolid ghost
of a decayed refrigerator lies

here on the sidewalk. And I’m shedding tears
over a stack of dishes, one of which
I’ll steal in memory of those seventeen years
that made their gumbo and my life so rich.

Come back, my love! Serve me on shining dishes
my weekly miracle of loaves and fishes.