The talk, so often health and age.

“I had to stand and listen,” the third person says.

“I worked in a nursing home, where aides ‘flip patients like hamburgers.'”


I walk outside.

The third person follows.

We blink in the late-summer sun, glint off car grills.

A nursing home fortress boxes across the street.

“That ‘hamburger image,'” I say.

“Terrible,” I add, seeing limp lumps twisting on urine-odored sheets.

“It’s true. Avoid it if you can.”


My father, fortunate, “flipped” for but a day before death.

The aides, kind in the turning ….



Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky, late September 2014





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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