(Partially inspired by C. E. Morgan’s Sport Of Kings)
Heat nearing 100,
A mid-size brown mare nibbles grass in shade.
Roped to a spreading tree –
Care she gets, water, grain, currying.
We run, and then stumble, into the last turn,
Seeking care, getting care ….
The finish line a straight journey after the turn,
With the chance of standing waning.
Better the end after that final turn.
Could have come on the near turn,
Or even the backstretch ….
Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky, mid-June 2016
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!