The 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!