Red-eyed man and red-lipped woman

In a dark pick-up in early afternoon sun

Outside a blue-door cantina.

Free of kids, work, clocks,

Music and beer behind the door ….


A dad and three girls shoot hoops by

The Border Wall in a park at the river,

A park –  set for paving and buildings in a year ….

Why The Wall?

Why no more park?

An informal basketball game,

Using a soft volleyball,

With two girls and me

Against the dad and the other girl.

Green trees and shrubs by The Wall.

A early spring sun glows.

Fine game we have….

The dad is off work.

Two day break.

The girls on spring  vacation.

The dad removes asbestos from retired ships at

The port’s ship-breaking business.

“I’m fine.

“I wear a mask.

“I’m often blood-tested,” he says.

Off they walk, past The Wall,

Past the spring green,

Under the sun ….

Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky, mid-March 2014

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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