Jane Seskin, the originator of the WSR Poetry Corner, has written a poem about Indie Food and Wine, located inside Lincoln Center’s Film Society on W. 65th Street between Amsterdam and Broadway. Her beloved go-to cafe for a decade, “it’s either leaving, moving, or closing by January 31,” she wrote. (It’s closing.) “OH NO!”
By Jane Seskin
I’ve sat in this space three blocks from
my house with a friend for lunch, afternoon
snack, following theatre and alone with
a newspaper or my notebook for company.
They’ve served the same menu of soups,
salads and sandwiches for the past ten years.
Comfort food in winter when the building is not
producing enough heat and in summer when
the air does not fully cool us off. I stay because
there’s an incredible Buttermilk Chicken on
a ciabatta roll with arugula, sharp cheddar,
and basil pesto. The café has long been
a welcome ‘time out’ at odd hours in the day.
I know the stories of the young wait-staff
and am greeted as if we were in a segment
of Cheers. This could be my office early
in the morning when I share the room
with perhaps four other diners on their laptops.
Having coffee, I look out the picture window
at the world in motion and am grateful to be
And now … it’s all ending.
New owners, five “dudes” the waiter calls
them, have been pacing, measuring, making
notes, talking of their new Italian restaurant.
I feel disoriented at the impending dislocation,
though understand there’s never been a guarantee
on constancy. I know people, places and things
change without any input from me.
My growth is in the acceptance.
Jane Seskin, LCSW is a psychotherapist and writer. Her latest book is the poetry collection Older Wiser Shorter: An Emotional Road Trip to Membership in theSenior Class.