The Great Plains twilight stretched.

The band played the ode to relaxing and chilling: Living On Tulsa Time.

We kicked off our shoes.

We danced on dewy grass.

A freckled 250-plus pound Sioux Indian woman stood to the side.

No one asked her to dance.

I did.

We moved around the grass,

In and out of the the other dancers.

Living On Tulsa Time stopped.

“I’ve got to go now, forklift work at 5 in the morning.

“I want to tell you how nice it was to asks me to dance.”

We hug.

She walks off with two other Sioux women.

For me, so easy, a stranger, easy ….

Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky late January 2015

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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