“Ants (At An Anti-Death Penalty Vigil)”
A South Texas gang member was executed,
I nudged some red ants with my shoe,
Looked at white, black and gray tropical storm clouds blowing over,
And glanced at hundreds of going home cars and trucks.
Garza, dead, or soon to be,
His victims, their families,
His family, his friends,
The ants lined.
The clouds fattened.
The vehicles sped.
Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky, late September 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!