Soft soft rain on asphalt shines white.

Soft soft rain on street puddles shines black.

Streets before cars.

Streets still.

Night’s love, violence, drinks passed.

And the coffin maker, work begun at twilight,

Finishes his third pine coffin of the night,

Just a rectangle,

Not the luxurious type with a velvet- mounded top ….

Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky, early July 2015

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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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