No Kentucky green spring bluegrass hills

When locked in a daily 23-hour solitary cell

In a federal penitentiary.

No Mississippi watery Delta,

Cotton, soybeans, cattle

When years on death row in the state prison.

The food carts’ wheels rattle, squeak, stop –

Before mush-filled trays are shoved through

Cells’ bottom door slots

In Kentucky, Mississippi –

Up and down these United States.


Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky, mid-April 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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