The newspaper hits the sidewalk.

I bend over, get it, remove the plastic wrapper and check the obituaries.

In a week, I usually know two to five names – dead.

A woman walks past.

Her mother pushes a walker a half block ahead.

The woman says, “That’s it. I’m moving her to Chicago with me.”

I put the paper on the porch and walk to the coffee shop.

The dawn breaks pink.

A former saxophone/clarinet dance band leader, baseball player, too, sits in a corner.

He plays computer solitaire.

His coffee cools.

Too focused he is.

Tomorrow’s paper is a day away.

Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky, mid-May 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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