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