She doesn’t explain:

“I’m not a libertine.

I am liberated.”

She can twist in bed,

Attachments don’t concern her.

She can read romantic trash or heavy Mexican literature.

She can listen to sophisticated jazz or cantina juke box border-gun corridos.

She can clean poor homes, rich homes and also run prison infirmaries.

From Mexico’s Pacific Islands, to the deep mountains in the Sierra Madre Oriental,

To the break-out jails in northern Tamaulipas

She is comfortable, good pay, good health care.

Quiet always.

All the same to her,

Maybe a trip to Houston,

Maybe a to Atlanta.

Drop the questions.

You might get, though. from a grin

Under black gray curls,

“I’m not a libertine.

I am liberated.”

Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky, late March 2013

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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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