Black FridayThe cars lined, some straight,

More turning to malls ….

Their exhausts choke,

Fast-food places’ cooked meats choke ….

Home, then to a yard,

Where orange calamondins, green oranges hang,

Above dog and cat crap earth,

Above ant-hilled earth ….

Inside, a 100-year old woman

Stares at the gleaners –

Her 65-year old caregiver also stares –

Sometimes looking back at her charge ….

Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky, late November 2012

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 Friday’s Grip

  1. Lynn Smith Cunningham says:

    The class of Murphy High School ’63 have our 50th reunion this coming year. Carol Jean Smith and I were best friends and we were both thrilled when she found you. I had the biggest crush on you and we were all so jealous of Frankie Beal. I remember your walking everywhere and old crabby Mr Puett’s hissy fit when you let some of the guys go get road kill off the road. You made such an impression on all of us…I remember you so well and you were one of the main reasons I went on to college.

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