Accordian Absorbed

Keys up, keys down,

Accordion sounds faint,

A brother sister Mexican Indian duo

Sits on the bridge walkway.

The brother plays.

She holds a cup.

No coins are dropped.

Traffic engines swallow the notes –

Not a melody, not a song.

And another brother sister duo

On the other side of the bridge duplicate.

Same sounds, no coins.

But those black, black eyes,

Four sets,

They have songs, unheard ….

Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky, late February 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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One Response to Accordions Absorbed

  1. David E. Cowen says:

    Very nice. The river sits as much a border as the veneer of a mirror — each side thinking the other is the world of the fantastic and nightmare by crossing the threshold of that looking glass.

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