How grand, the store’s AC cool,

Shelves and freezers full ….

Must be a great morning ….

If six migrants and a coyote are in a Border Patrol van,

If a huge water main break is streaming water over streets and lawns,

If the “boot camp” barely can keep bandages on damaged youth,

If new wars heat up to red hot in the empire’s aftermath,

If veterans are wondering, shot full of pain

And local health systems are collapsing,

And Highways are clogged with cars ….

And the gas flows,

Goods drop into shopping carts,

TVs work,

Cell phones beep,

World Cup soaks introspection ….

On on ….

Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky mid June 2014

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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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