Double Luck

Street banana and tomato vendors kiss the soiled bills and make the sign of the cross.

Whores kiss bills and do crosses, too.

The vendors and whores secure the money:

Vendors in cigar boxes,

Whores in bras.


Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky, early April 2017

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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