Nothing special …. The orange blossoms began, Grapefruit and tangerines, too.

The long-haul male trucker and woman partner Stopped at Dunkin’Donuts for coffee and a bathroom break.

The stylist found her keys and opened the hair salon door.

Spring played in the morning air.

The truckers rolled off to Utah with a load of pet beds.

The stylist checked her appointment list – busy –

Valentine’s Day hair demands ….



Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky, mid-Feberuary 2015

From the Green and White Mountains,

Ned Whaley and I drove south to New York City.

Martin Luther King Jr. would give his still-neglected speech –

Arguing against the United States’ war in Vietnam.

I had an intellectual aversion to war.

Ned, a 10th Mountain Division vet from the Italian invasion,

Had a bloody and practical hate of war.

We drove back from New York City’s spring canyons

To late-winter snow on the mountains.

Almost 50 years later:

Ned is dead,

And the United States’ wars continue ….

Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky, mid-January 2015



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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