…feeling blue, down,

Then drop by the Harlingen bus station,

You’ll cop some joy privilege

Since you’re brief there ….


And will go, get away ….

…leaky bus loading roof,

…wet benches, puddles, oil slicks ….

…busted cellphones in the hands of medicated passengers and loafers  ….

…slime and dirt in the waiting room …

…crying babies with teen moms ….

…brown crud, yellow stains in the restrooms ….

The orange bus rolls in,


The driver talks peace, could be relief of but a minute in the loading area ….

Or, the global scene ….

“Mas facil matar que construir,” he, el chofer, proclaims.

Several passengers applaud.

Away we go, fast, despair in the rear ….


Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky, late April 2017

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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