Dying Block
They die, one a month, often more.

She had him pass a year ago

But his friend lives –

In a full-care facility,

Where his wife visits daily.

The dead man’s wife keeps weeding, raking

A dry yard – same as when he lived.

“I remember that he went for coffee

Every morning with the man who’s in the facility.

That’s all I remember.”

Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky, mid-March 2013

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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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