…was thinking how the Swiss and Swedes felt in late 1944 close to war.

See, they weren’t in war;

They were next to war,

The Swiss near the war in Germany;

The Swedes near the war in Norway.

As for me, here in Deep South Texas,

The dead pile in northern Tamaulipas,

Just across the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo,

And deeper in Mexico,

More dead in Veracruz and Guerrero.

Just wondering, as I said,

How those Swiss and Swedes felt years back,

So close to blood,

While they ate, read the papers, listened to the radio,

Slept, had children, drank coffee, even went skiing …

Maybe made some money off the gore,

Sometimes let fortunate refugees in ….

Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky early February 2015


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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