is where we go on Mother’s Day not because
of the Paterson Silk Strike or Famous Poets
not Lou Costello or waterfalls
for amazing food from the Arab world
not a food writer I can’t elegantly explain except that walking
into Nouri Brothers Bakery or Fattels seeing all those dates
Jordan almonds olive oil that is the real true color of olive oil
sesame cookies and honey pastries and wooden molds for butter
halvah in large chunks studded with pistachio nuts olives olives olives
lentils in brown and red and green and bulgar in four sizes
spices that actually do smell like Aleppo and Alexandria wild Zataar
and cardamom seeds and big jars of coriander and after we fill the car
we go to a restaurant this year the new Arab mayor or Paterson
provided his favorites we went to Toros and there, we started
with stuffed mussels imam baldi and small fried pieces of veal.
Mother’s Day was perfect again.