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Letter to the editor: Ripton's almost 'perfect store'

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Posted on April 5, 2018 |
By Richard Hawley



If ever there was the perfect place

For a smallish jar of mayonnaise,

Where a newly cellophaned ham and cheese

Is the only thing you know will please,

The signs shout Coffee! Sandwiches! Worms! 

You brake your pickup on the berm

And head inside where Dick or Sue

Will let you know what’s good for you —

You check your mail, chat a while,

Peruse the papers, buy a pile

Of Freeman Allen’s Ripton Reds

(Tomatoes) grown behind his shed,

When hot enough it’s always nice

To haul a bag from the bin spelled IEC,

The bread is Wonder, crackers Ritz,

The power’s sometimes on the fritz,

Usually sooner, rarely later

Dick plugs in his generator,

And all is well, the coffee hotter,

Cold the beer and bottled water,

Potatoes and onions in the barrel

(Eat the soft ones at your peril),

Ever for me the perfect store,

Not just because I live next door,

This town became a town because

The Ripton Country Store once was.

 

Richard Hawley

Ripton

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