“And what can I do?”

Often asked by those with an incipient social conscience.

“For a start, go see the scene in Les Miserables

Where Jean Valjean gets ten years of hard labor,

Rowing in the galleys of a French ship. :

But the sentence is not as important as

A knife in the loaf of bread he stole for a poor family.

The judge orders the bread and knife tossed into the trash.

The bread and knife might lead to some answers for

‘And what can I do?'”

Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky mid-December 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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