…and how can she pack, wrap and send holiday packages?

How long?

The dried and cracked hummingbird feeder – empty.


The birds, elsewhere.

The yard – brown grass and weeds.

The flower beds – long gone to rocky swaths..

The gate – now locked most of the hours, rusted ….

It was a corner gem, with the couple out each day – clippers, hoses.


Sun  hats, long sleeves, gardening gloves …their time, their love, their being ….

A granddaughter came, locked the gate, kept them warm and cool and fed.


To doctors when needed.

It was the corner gem.


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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