She drives into the cool damp night,

Stopping to pull the gate before

Turning for home ….

Care – she cared:
A man of earth, now on his back, can’t move.
A woman of walking, cats, plants, still, broken knee.
Tomorrow, in sun, she’ll turn off the street,
Open the gate, and resume care….


He’ll turn, see his leaf-shed trees, silent cars.
She’ll turn. see her cats and kittens.
Care: gentle, direct, easing;
Life, slowing ….

Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky, mid-January 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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