The doorbell at midnight.
The shrimper neighbor, drunk, wants to borrow a calculator for his daughter.
I can’t remember where it is.
I stop by the next day, tell him I’ve found one.
“No need for it now, sorry to wake you up.”
“No problem; catch a lot of shrimp; have a safe trip.”
He goes back to a table full of food, surrounded by a lot of family,
Tradition before plowing into the Gulf Of Mexico.
She’s back from Chicago.
I correctly guess why.
“You’re going to take your mother back with you?”
“Yes, and it’s hard; she doesn’t want to leave the border for Chicago.”
“You’ll be here awhile.”
I have extra pizza.
The barefoot prostitute leads the bicycle-pushing, box carrying shoeshine man to her hotel room.
Whatever he made for the day will go to her.
She takes the pizza.
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!