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I'm inside a goodfella's neighborhood bar,
A place where they all know what each other are.
Soldiers stand at sides of suits made by fitting.
Not Sid's "My Way"- a friend of ours is singing.
Tony "two fingers" is still taking action.
Sweet Gina lingers, giving distractions.

"Look who's back!"
"We was worried ya got clipped."
"Hey, how you doin'?"
"Forget about it."
"Stephanie, bring us more fruit and fresh cheese..
With another round, add anisette, please."

I return smile to Lisa, once-blinking-
Yellow from street like a candle bulb winking.
Paulie takes coffee to Feds in grey Ford.
It keeps copesetic lukewarm accord.
Everything's fine in this world for tonight.
Don't have to wake-up alone, I just might.
Vinny's is festive, my lamp's turned down low,
At table with view of who's "gotta go..

19-20 December 2005

below the subliminal
deep within manipulation
that's where tr^th resides

2 Dec 2011

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The following comments are for "..before Christmas.""
by Bobby7L

Before Christmas
Sounds like my family reunion....just wondering were my Uncle Vito was....maybe one of the ones that had to go...for the long ride...Oh no! I enjoyed this...Kacee

( Posted by: Nitz Kitty [Member] On: December 20, 2005 )

Piece of preholiday work
Kacee- I penned this directly into submission box, late last evening, editing on fly...leaving it a bit rough, but real-time feel of observations hopefully come through.


"I did what I had to do/ And saw it through/...And more/ Much more than this/ I did it my way..." -Excerpts from: "My Way," as sung by Francis Sinatra


( Posted by: Bobby7L [Member] On: December 20, 2005 )

Bobby's Before Christmas
Wow, Bobby this is something else. I really liked "all know *what* each other are", and reference to Viscious' version of 'My Way' (of course!). Good to the last drop.


( Posted by: GibsonGirl [Member] On: December 21, 2005 )

Great read
Bobby I truly enjoyed this. Didn't need editing, came out the way it should be. Merry Christmas to you!

Nae ;0)

( Posted by: nae411 [Member] On: December 21, 2005 )

Lans- I don't know nuthin.

chap1- Ironically relevant # noted. See: "Holiday in Sicily," posted here last May, for related piece of work.

Renae- Much thanks. Best wishes for your holiday, as well.

Robert William, aka:Bobby7L

( Posted by: Bobby7L [Member] On: December 21, 2005 )

Joyful and Sad Times
Enjoyed the read...So many things happen in this world right before Christmas: Joyful and sad times, someone is dying while someone is being born, someone is sick while others are being healed. getting on each other nerves while someone is blessing the other. An excellent write!


( Posted by: JEANNIE45 [Member] On: December 22, 2005 )

Jeannie/ A ruthless order
Greatly appreciated.

Hope your holiday season is a wondrous one.


( Posted by: Bobby7L [Member] On: December 22, 2005 )

On Wiseguy's Wish List
Lucie- Glad you enjoyed.

A dysfunctional extended family, to be sure...

Yeah, 'Paulie' would be dim bulb nephew of owner, given duties like taking coffee across street to Feds on recon.

I have a book length manuscript, of related material. Have to wait a few more years, before bringing out of vault.

Much thanks,

( Posted by: Bobby7L [Member] On: December 23, 2005 )

the most read poem
of the moment - christmas eve.

merry christmas, mr. 7L.



( Posted by: johnjohndoe [Member] On: December 24, 2005 )

After Before
jjd- Thanks. Hope your holiday has been wondrous, as well.

"Always keep your mouth shut and don't rat on your friends.." -Sicilian Code: Rules #1 and #2.


( Posted by: Bobby7L [Member] On: December 26, 2005 )

Missed ya at Vinny's
Teflon- Number noted.

All snoring are not asleep,

( Posted by: Bobby7L [Member] On: December 28, 2005 )

family values

A different kind of mob mentality! Fun read- indeed.

( Posted by: drsoos [Member] On: December 28, 2005 )

Guys Not Wise
soos- A comedy of tragic sorts. Thanks.

Am enjoying a bottle of Castiglioni chianti (2002). A gift.

Confusion to our enemies,

( Posted by: Bobby7L [Member] On: December 28, 2005 )

Before Christimas
I agree with the wise drsoos that this was a fun read-indeed.

( Posted by: MohammadJesusBernstein2 [Member] On: December 28, 2005 )

Soupa de Sociopathics
MJB2- That we as a society give an almost hero status to "mob" figures, is somewhat ironic. We find those giving support to our perceived enemies in Middle East to be deplorable. As crime family bosses in American neighborhoods are applauded for giving to churches, schools, poor old ladies, etc, so to are warlords in ravaged cities throughout M.E. Locals protect them from us, because they are seen as heroes, standing up to our mighty power.

Perception goes long way.

"A fish is caught by it's open mouth." -Sicilian


( Posted by: Bobby7L [Member] On: December 28, 2005 )

Soupa de Sociopathics
Yes, very wise. Perception is oftentimes limited to one's personal view or perspective. The Sicilian proverb you have quoted is also a very wise one indeed.

Sociopaths do live among us, usually they are not so obvious as mafioso characters. In fact, sometimes they can be the sweet little old lady living next door, or your boss, the mailman, your lover, anybody really. Most sociopaths never "act out" in ways that identify them as anti-social, but ultimately their misuse, abuse and manipulations of those who have put their trust in them, often leaves behind many a baffled lover, friend, neighbor, employee or associate.

Point being, that it is not always so easy to recognize the true enemy. But, how does that other old Sicilian saying go? Something like this: "Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer". Wise people those Sicilians. Perhaps that is why the movie viewing public likes to believe in the Hollywood media romanticized version of the Sicilian mafia.

( Posted by: MohammadJesusBernstein2 [Member] On: December 28, 2005 )

"Revenge is best served cold."
...And they are ruthless.

It's just business. Like oil. Like war. Deals are made. Promises too. Some broken. Throats are cut.

"Confusion to our enemies." -Sicilian toast


( Posted by: Bobby7L [Member] On: December 28, 2005 )

the family business

"Just don't ever discuss the family business"

Great read Bobby,


( Posted by: macbeth [Member] On: January 16, 2006 )

macbeth/ On Olive Oil
Laura- Much thanks.

"Don't shit where you eat." - 'Jimmy' Rescigno, employer/mentor from Italy, during my salad days.


( Posted by: Bobby7L [Member] On: January 16, 2006 )

..before Christmas."
To the family,
Happy Holidays!

( Posted by: Bobby7L [Member] On: December 18, 2009 )

can it be christmas
again? this was a memory maker of a post.

gracias amigo.

john. john snow. (2009)

( Posted by: johnjohndoe [Member] On: December 18, 2009 )

john.john snow
Happy Holidaze!

( Posted by: Bobby7L [Member] On: December 18, 2009 )

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