Sunless days.

Cloudy nights.

The moon, five minutes, then more clouds.

I don’t want to die and have the funeral home place a notice:

“Anyone with knowledge of the deceased, please contact us.”

An ice cream truck jingles.

No one emerges to buy.

Am early season high school girls’ soccer game under dim lights.

Sluggish players,

More players than spectators.

Slow-motion soccer.

Green vines creep up the stadium fence.

Arguments rise inside me.

I’m surprised.

I see both sides.

I silently argue both.

Am I moving from black and white to gray?

No traffic.

The girls play on.

An end-of-the-world scenario:

Their play with the lights dimming,

Then off ….

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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