Elegy for the Littleton Diner
Bette Davis came here in 1941,
to Eugene and Stella’s place,
for her world premiere of The Great Lie
and nursed a raspberry-flavored lemonade at the gleaming silver counter.
Nostalgia hangs out by the cash register ~
a first date,
the malt after the school dance,
the rumble of the glass-pack on a 57 Chevy,
muscle shirts and polka-dot bikinis,
ducktails and bobby-sox,
red-ribbed seat in a hot-rod convertible.
You can order up a North Country Burger and a slice of America,
drop an affable one-liner,
stay a while,
take it easy.
And in the back booth,
you can almost hear Eugene and Stella having a high old time of it.