“Ever the Border”

Clack! Clack!

The yellow/green lights flashing Border Patrol helicopter loops above –

Twilight’s haze in the west,

The river’s brown/green below,

Houses, lights, streets lump and stretch.

Up river, she wears her orange in the immigration detention center.

Friends urge, “Keep her in your prayers.”

I hate that lame request.


Just get out of there, you in the orange –

Get to your choices.

Come down, helicopter.

Land safely.

Find kind missions on your coming flights.

Stop looking for men/women to suit in orange ….

Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky, mid-May 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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