El Norte

Near the South Texas big houses, big golf course,
The man sells the Sunday, El Norte.
“It’s the Sunday New York Times for Mexicans,” he says.
Mexicans who read El Norte out of conservative Monterrey live
In those big houses, by the golf course, with and by pools.
“Sales have been good, 40 to 50 a Sunday,” he says.
“Those who buy it were able to get here, away from the ‘stuff’ over there,” he adds.


 I know three women who won’t buy it, two unable to get out of the “stuff” for long.
One: tamale-maker for chicken-factory workers in Minnesota (a month a year).
Two: tamale-maker for families in northern Mexico and the US.
Three: a dizzy, twitchy former shrimp packer, and before, a tomato picker in Florida.
“I ache, have arthritis, it has to be the14 years of agricultural poisons,” she says.
Come Sunday, he’ll be there selling El Norte –

And the women:
Sleeping against fans in Mexico, Minnesota and here,
Aching, light and heavy ….

Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky late June 2012

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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