hwy 281


281, from South Texas to the Canadian border.The migrant highway.Listen to the songs,

Always accordions.

Read the short stories,

Loss, movement, broken trucks.

Take some early July time past

Dry sorghum and corn stalks,

Yellow brown, harvested.

Heavy green sugar cane, river watered ….

The mid-summer usual,

 Dead grass, withered grass, spindly grass.

Note the findings:
A red and white Santa Claus cap,

Coiled tape measures,

Dead dried sharp-toothed possums,


Fur baked on asphalt.

Dead dried sharp-toothed armadillos,

Gray shells cracked on asphalt.

 Shacks with hung clothes drifting in 100-degree heat,

 Cars rusting on blocks.


 Gated homes, automatic garage door openers,

 Circular pools, tepid blue water.

Who tossed the Santa Claus cap?

Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky, early July 2013

Author: Gene Novogrodsky

Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky, a Brownsville resident for nearly three decades, writes North American border slices, from eastern Canada to central Mexico, and in between. He is one of the founders of the Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center Writers Forum in San Benito. He sometimes participates with the informal Resaca Writers Group in Brownsville. He prefers, however, to read to two or three attentive listeners – when asked!


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