The Seven (Published in From The Soil: A Hometown Anthology)

We were seven kids housed within bricks and bushes on Manor Road.

We were a congregation in a sanctuary protecting our innocence and our dogs (RIP Red and Spock).

We had Congregation B’Nai Jeshurun on Martling Avenue and the Knights of Columbus on Maine Avenue.

We were aware that the hidden binder in Four Star Video contained pornography.

We were raised on penny candy, nickel arcades, dime bags, quarter drinks, and dollar sundaes at the Fill Your Belly…