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  Coffee,Bacon,Onions & Popcorn
by Mark M Lichterman
Sunday, June 26, 2011
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Coffee, Bacon, Onions and Popcorn


The scent of perking coffee.

The scent of sizzling bacon.

The scent of frying onions.

The scent of popping popcorn.



The scents of

perking coffee,

sizzling bacon,

frying onions and

popping popcorn

to me

have always been




As a child I remember

awakening every day to the early morning

perking sound of my mother’s

old fashioned coffee pot.

Though yet too young for coffee,

though many years before allowed coffee,

lying in bed I remember the delightful,

wafting scent of early morning coffee

that signified the start of each day.


Not on all days,

but as a child

on some days I remember

impatiently sitting at the kitchen table

watching my mother vacillate between

pouring coffee, cracking eggs

and turning the sizzling,

fat spatting bacon.


Remembering the mouth watering

scent of sizzling bacon

that signified the first meal of the day,

on some days…


Frying onions!

Other than always causing

pangs of hunger…



I cannot think of an

anecdote regarding

the scent of frying onions.


Other, of course, than liver and onions

which, way back then…

well, really,

what kid likes liver and onions?

Suffice to say, though,

the scent of frying onions

have always caused pangs of hunger.


Popping popcorn!


Roy Rogers,

Gene Autry,

Red Ryder,

Boston Blackie

and Charlie Chan


Saturday afternoon at the movies:

A quarter for admission;

a nickel for candy

and a dime for…

Handing the stub to the ticket guy,

passing into the theatre with

a nickel for candy and a dime for…

Hearing the “pop” “pop” “pop”

of the popcorn machine and,

Oh my, God!

The scent of popcorn popping.

A nickel for candy

and a dime for a box of popcorn.



To me…

the scents of

perking coffee,

sizzling bacon,

frying onions and

popping popcorn

to me have always been irrestible.






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Reviewed by Elizabeth Russo 7/12/2011
Isn't it amazing what our sense of smell can do for us ... memories recalled so vividly and happily. I think I'd like a cup of coffee now. Very nice write, Mark, very nostalgic. ~Your friend, Lizzie
Reviewed by Joy Hale 7/4/2011
I was in 7th Heaven reading your delightful poem of the tantilizing scents of foods cooking, popping or perking. Brought me right back to my mother's kitchen in the late 1940's; sweet aromas and the good life in an era when family mattered more than anything. Thanks for the memories. A fabulous, nostalgic piece, loved it!

Joy L. Hale
Reviewed by Kathleen McDonald 7/2/2011
HUmmmm Like this very much Markie. I love all these scents too
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 6/27/2011
Gosh, the stroll down memory lane sure is making me hungry...

Be always safe,
Reviewed by Felix Perry 6/27/2011
Like this one for it is so real, it always amazes me too that certain aromas are locked in tight in our minds and trigger memories faster than even pictures of things from our past.
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 6/27/2011
Now I'm starving....giggle.....aromatic scents indeed, Mark! Mmm! Thanks for sharing this tasty snack....giggle...

Your friend,
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 6/27/2011
Hey all my favorite smells Markie. Great Saturday for any kid.

Your #1 Newfie Friend Hugs, XOXOXO, Rose
Reviewed by Laura Fall 6/27/2011
A delightful poem well done so wonderfully indeed Laura
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 6/26/2011
You strike gold here.

The morning smell of coffee...a ten..always
The smell of morning bacon.....a twelve
The smell of morning eight
With a five point bonus with fried potatoes
Popcorn in the morning? 1972 a seven.
Now? A two.

Hey wait a minute...bacon..I thought your mom ran a kosher kitchen!!! Patrick
Reviewed by Morgan Merriweather 6/26/2011
interestin combination there...~ Morgan
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 6/26/2011
So many memories are brought back when we smell things from the past...I remember cheese steaks for some reason...I used to eat them like they were going out of style...surprisingly they did for me, as I can only eat one maybe every once in awhile...good south Philly cheese steaks with fried onions, extra cheese & ketchup...ah what delicious memories...thanks for bringing them back...e
Reviewed by Deb Case 6/26/2011
What a great nose sensation! My Grandmother used to fry onions and potatoes that she and my Grandfather grew on their small farm. How I loved going to their home! Thank you for awakening a memory today. Windswept
Reviewed by George Carroll 6/26/2011
What a tantalizing poem. You bring back many pleasant memories and still love bacon, coffee and onions even with fried liver. Peanuts instead of pop corn but they have no smell just taste delicious in the shell. I remember the peanut vendor in the winter and the smell of peanuts roasting.


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