Originally Published in Writers Of The Rio Grande Nov 24, 2015


A mild ask of mid and late teens about school, location, studies, attendance.

The reply: “Fuck school!”

A day of weed, cigarettes, vulgar rap (more “fuck”),

Sleeping late, unregistered and un-inspected cars, no drivers’ licenses.

Grandmothers, the shelter, the base

For the porch time, grass selling, reclined chairs ….

Just hours into weeks and later of chilling ….

Some college friends, some nine to five workers have said,

“Well, it’s a response,”

Voices of disdain, voices of envy ….

Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky, late November 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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