Dining At The J.T.

Basque Culture at the J.T.
This one immigrant Basque man ready to dine at the J.T.…

Dining At The J.T.

I. J.T. Basque Family Dining

Every Thursday locals will gather

many generations of this small town

at bar with hopes their daily troubles drown

or dine in back no matter the weather.

Old picture paintings of a Basque lifestyle

an offering to Cowboys roaming through

a collection of hats on the wall grew

all gathered to display each working mile.

One hundred years of happy reunions

or nights when family is here to dine

at tables set out for the gatherings.

Our town is small under no delusions

our truth lies deep within this endless wine

remembering our meals before partings.

II. My Family At The J.T.

This family tradition Basque lifestyle

where food and wine is passed as free as air

where everyone can speak about what’s fair

or hang at bar with friends after a mile.

Within this frame my family would sit

my Brother’s Birthday with his newlywed

so drunk on wine he hardly knew what’s said

their faces falling into their Brisket.

This place it understands these strong desires

it reaches out a friendly hand to ask,

I heard rumor that you were a “poet.”

The joy of recognition candle fires

where making Father laugh became my task

while pouring from our flask some more Moet.

III. As The Center Of The Town

Here setting out to write about this time

or all the time in J.T. history

always a chance a reunion will be

a message mixed within this misplaced rhyme.

We were the youth from pasture land dirt roads

who used to drive our pick-up trucks too fast

and never thought our memories would last

or drinking whiskey while we carry loads.

These lifetimes that we turn into stories

of families who gather just to dine

at Basque restaurant, a center of our town.

A friend or two will brag about glories

where everyone is free to share the wine

we tip our host and say “see you around.”

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Things have changed over the years. My name is Jamie Lee Hamann and I have a passion for writing short fiction and poetry. I started writing for TCE around 2015 and since then I have finished two collections of poetry "Six Years of Service" and "The Rhyme of the Ancient Middle Class" both available on Amazon and plans for more. I share a weekly poem for TCE every Saturday. I started work on my first novel and I am using TCE to share my progress as I go. I share new excerpts of this work every weekend. A Science Fiction novel that I hope is enjoyable to read. I currently live in Lemmon Valley NV with my family. I am excited to share my poetry and my writing. If you desire to find my other work on the internet feel free to stop by my website simplepoetics.weebly.com. The website offers articles on poetry, poems, and links to all my other writing.

One thought on “Dining At The J.T.

  • October 8, 2020 at 3:23 AM

    We all have a favourite place to dine, Jamie. J.T.s sounds wonderful, and a place to make memories.


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