Are night crawlers deserving of a Holiday miracle?
“Poppy’s Corner” is the after midnight haunt for regular customers of a 24 hour Convenience Store located in an old city neighborhood of Buffalo, NY.
I first walked into Poppy’s corner store on Niagara St. in Buffalo in 1970 to by a pack of Camels.
It was a warm oasis on a frigid Holiday night. Poppy’s neighborhood convenience store is complete with display racks for snacks, chips, candy, magazines and coolers for pop, beer and wine. It hasn’t changed much in 30 years. Still the after midnight Mecca for the night crawlers and lost souls from the old eastside streets.
Poppy, once a spry young Polish Jew, is now house bound most of the time. He supervises his many convenience stores by phone. Jack Lotta, night shift store manager in his fifties has few illusions about night life in the city. Jack, “I learned that these animals would kill you just for fun. Now, when they take out a knife or gun, I take things into my own hands.” He holds up a black aluminum bat. His arms covered with tattoos.
“This is the cornerstone of my urban pacification system.”
At Poppy’s Corner, miracles happen to people that don’t deserve them.