first cigarette

A pick-up, open window,
Slows at the stop,
Eases through and the
First cigarette’s before-dawn
Depth covers the intersection ….

Off to an oil rig,
Off to a nursing home,
Off to restaurant kitchen,
The driver, no need for the AC, yet,
Sucks, exhales ….

Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky, early July 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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