Piece about freedom and fear as the yellow-eyed coyote fronts
brush near a highway,

Piece about a gray-eyed stray wolf in urban encroachment,

Writers reaching for what remains of the natural,
Dropping themselves in the coyote’s form, the wolf’s.
How these animals speak to their cores.

And a shirtless teen runs across the highway,
Skips along –  and then jumps over an irrigation ditch,
Heading for the brush beyond the cotton field,
All but a quarter mile from the Border Wall and river ….
He, too, like the writers is with the coyote and wolf ….
…Give me their moody reflections,
Give me their reach for the natural,
Give me the teen’s steps ….
And keep me from beach vacationers’ idiotically bland, sun-
glassed smiles ….

Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky, early July 2014

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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