Border talk.

Cartels, gas, oil, weather.

Add food.

But here the words are mainly cartels, violence, disappearances, kidnappings.

The hostess says:

“Cambia el tema.”

(Change the topic.


Drop it.”

We do, but only for several minutes.

She groans, and picks up her wine glass.

It is, of course, the border ….

Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky, mid-January 2015


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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