Late Afternoon


“Albert Lopez, come to the office;

“Your mother is here, you’re going home,”

The school’s PA system cuts the damp drizzle.

But a block away,

Three men at separate tables,

Twisted fingers around coffee cups,

Pass the hours,

No one taking them home.

A car passes.

Mrs. Lopez is driving Albert home.

He’s in a back carseat.

Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky, mid-December 2013

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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