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Mitch Sisskind - Correspondent at Large

"Surf and Turf" [by Mitch Sisskind]


Surf And Turf
"I want the best of all possible worlds
For myself!" -- isn't that what we're
Saying when we order Surf And Turf?
"Yes I want a lobster tail but that's hardly
The whole of my desires and my needs.
I hanker as well after a small piece of high grade
Meat, a club steak, and with it (almost
As an afterthought) some broccoli, beans,
Or cauliflower in a bowl." Yet today it seems
We've lost that belief in ourselves, the ardor,
The willingness to "go for it" that Stallone
Made his trademark in the original Rocky
Of 1976. So I take heart when I'm with
My honey, my doll face, in the steakhouse
Out by the cloverleaf -- the one where
At seven pm they put a little flickering candle
On your table, in a water glass -- I take heart
And my spirits rise when I hear a man or woman
In the adjacent banquette speak these words:
"Surf And Turf!  Oh, Surf And Turf for me!
For I am worthy! I am capable of great things!
from the archive; first posted June 27, 2008

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

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