She’s cared for the rich:
Cleaning before and after white tablecloth meals.
Shining their silver, cups, plaques.
Now, a dog walker.
Fluffy dog, white, pulling the tiny woman with a taut thin leash.
I tell her the dog eats better than half the world.
I tell her it gets better medical care than three quarters of the world.
I tell it it has cleaner water than two thirds of the world.
The dog’s pull is stronger.
She then smiles, my facts heard and gone.
She and the dog …doing just fine ….
Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky, early March 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!