Editors Note: Happy Thanksgiving! Here is an “Early” report.
.no more reading, Internet, weather upon awakening ….
…will to walk into the dark,
..how much longer for those steps …
…roosters, dogs, night birds, clouds, planets ….
…little convincing needed ….
I know I must up go enter ….
The family accepts the Spanish edition .
The homeless man accepts my coffee offer
Three creams, three sugars ….
Get up, out, go ….
Before 5 a.m. on The United States’ Thanksgiving morning.
But for the Mexican city bridge crossers
Just another morning to enter the plasma-sellers line –
And a long line it is ….
One block, and around another ….
The cool to cold.
Huddled close, bundled, sitting, standing ….
New sellers, 50 dollars,
Regulars, 20 dollars ….
Twice a week the rule.
Venus, Mars and Jupiter in the black east …
Inside, jacketed, sweatered sellers filled out forms in yellow light.
So early, no sellers had emerged with bandaged arms, yet.
United States’ turkeys stuffed, wrapped in cooking bags ….
The sellers, to wobble for groceries,
Then back to homes, factory work ….
To take those bandages off ….
And those leaving, meeting late sellers ….
What a line they’ll find,
Now in sun ….
Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky, late November 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!