He reminded me it was the 11th anniversary of the United States-Iraq war.

She told me that quail eggs were best, little cholesterol..

She was watching baby ducks glide in an orange-sunset-colored resaca.

I asked the UPS brown-truck driver how often he’s worn brown slacks instead of brown


“Twice in 12 years, ice one time, snow another!”

A huge white airliner floated to a landing.

Immigration-chartered deportation plane, coming for a load of Latinos to carry south.

Four teens were practicing for a relay race.

I wanted to yell, “Had your drug tests?”

But before I could, they lined up and yelled, “Jesus loves you!”

I saw my friend’s two story wooden childhood home – at least 100 or so withered years



Her bakery, movie theatre, garage and sundry store leveled years ago.

Stash houses, immigrants filled …out of vans, into vans, stuffed bags in hand.

As I said a lot of things and people “just around,”

Eugene “Gene” Novogodsky late March 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!


One Response to Just Around

  1. Walter Birdwell says:

    A good example of your seeing the poetry in everything

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