Black Canvas Carrying Sacks

First, I thought the black canvas carrying sacks contained folding chairs.
Then, I thought they had musical instruments, say trombones.
And I also thought the narrower sacks had pool cues

The store’s doors were jammed,
Customers rushing out of the sun-heated parking lot to buy,
Buyers hurrying out to cars and trucks,
Sacks over shoulders,
Handle-held swacks swaying,
Guns, long, often heavy, secure in sacks.


A Mexican woman said:
“We in Mexico don’t think about having a gun, especially at home.
You in the United States do
Clear she was.

Clear she is.

Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky, mid-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 Black Canvas Carrying Sacks

  1. David E. Cowen says:

    nicely done

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