The poet sister sat in the 80-year old ash’s nooks and wrote poems.

Her artist sister was below the sprawling dark limbs and

full leafed green sketching.

Their mother was inside.

Their dad was working.

The dad died.

And now, right past that ash, the sisters will guide their

mother to a car,   To drive her to an assisted living facility –

How smooth those words –   An assisted living facility ….

Not for the poet’s notebook.

Not for the artist’s sketchbook.

Later, though, the tree for both ….


Eugene “Gene” Novogordsky, early summer 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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