Just before he was forced to the shelter – cold and rain –

He sat in front of the abandoned store.

He put some cardboard on the sidewalk,

Opened a beer and then a pizza box.

He drank the warm beer, ate the cold pizza and

Then shoved the can and box next to his sidewalk blanket.

He curled into a lump and fell asleep.

Soon he saw four pigs with eight green pointed ears.

11

She and her friend clicked off their cell phones.

They had kids to pick up at school, and then groceries.

One kid had late volleyball practice.

The other had to return for early evening math tutoring.

They wished they could dream.

They wished they could stop.

They wanted the undefined.

They’d call late, when the kids were sleeping,

Dishes done,

Laundry done,

Husbands slumped in chairs.

Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky, mid-November 2014

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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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