When do they rip the car and truck seats out?

Usually after a wreck.

Pull them out,

Unbolt them.

Cut them free.


Down at the chilly lake house they have several.

Two propped against a lakeside cypress tree.

One by the sagging front porch,

And two dropped by the back windshield into a pickup bed.


Backs vertical or slanted, seats tilted.

Two men bundled, a bottle of whiskey between them,

Settled into the lakeside cracked leather seats –

Saved from a pickup that collied with an oak tree on a turn

They leaned back, watched white pelicans just in from the North

Float on the cold-wind-rippled lake

They’ll stay only an hour,

Good the whiskey is warm.

Kids will ride in the pickup’s seats in summer.

The seat by the house, little used..

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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