Serafino’s Store


The ugliness of this storefront
Does not diminish the long-held memories
Of climbing those steps as an eight-year -old.
Lunch hour at our elementary school
Gave us time to cross the streetcar tracks…
To go to Serafino’s store to spend a nickle or a penny.
Inside a big case with slanted glass
Allowed us to view all the many choices
Every variety of candy tempted our tastebuds:
Fireballs, cinnamon sticks, and Sugar Daddies
Licorice tubes in a box, wax teeth, candy cigarettes
Necco Wafers, wax bottles of sugar water in a box
Good and Plenty, red licorice, and candy bars…
So many to choose from for our little minds
Yes, the store may be closed
…run down
…and boarded up
But the wonderful joy of climbing those steps
Still brings a smile to my face.
Memories see things as they were
Not as they are


Photo: Dwight L. Roth

Today on d’verse Mish asked us to look at the beauty in ugliness. We are to write a poem showing a different perspective on what most people would consider ugly. This Fall I went back to my old elementary school and saw it was now a home where someone lived. This is the store where we used to go at lunch to get candy, if we hand any money to spend. It is now boarded up and looking pretty bad. But the memories are still there.

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48 thoughts on “Serafino’s Store

  1. the battered front never changed how you felt about this place. that is so true about memories, they take us back to a time when we can still picture the beauty of what was. love when you write from your childhood.

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  2. A beautiful poem about the power of memories and the history of what once was. Just because the building is boarded up now doesn’t diminish the fact that it was important to you in your childhood. It mattered. Thank you for sharing, Dwight.

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  3. This resonates with me. I remember a very similar place. Your poem brought back memories of choosing individual penny candy with the leftover change my mother gave us to buy a loaf of bread. There’s a reason for that phrase…”like a kid in a candy store”! You embraced the prompt, finding the beauty of childhood within the decay.

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  4. A building that was loved, that’s for sure 🙂 Such a neat post – it reminds me of an old store like that in my hometown. The old man who ran it was so kind, and he always sold candy to the kids for so cheap! When he died, they turned his building into a town historical society, I’m very glad because they keep it up nice!

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  5. Good one, Dwight! I can “see” your beautiful, happy memories kept in an old ramshackle building. We had a Morgan’s Drugstore where we bought candy. It’s not abandoned but remodeled into a liquor store now.

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