She fell three feet after stepping on a slippery rock.

Her hike ended.

Her head hit another rock and she died – fast.

He fell 1,900 feet when his ice-climbing rope broke.

His climb aborted.

Bruised and smashed his body fell and fell – landing among ice rocks.

He died – fast.

So, there are recreational deaths, and then early ones from war and hunger,

And, of course, those in the order of bodies rusting until ….

Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky, mid-August 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!


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