Gene Novogrodsky - Small Town Maine Parking Lot

“My damn cigarette. The bitch took it,”
He yells at his buddy, and they look at the
Late teen in jeans, cellphoning, smoking,
Leaning against a rusted pickup.

She hears him.
So what.
She sucks her found smoke, keeps talking, and waits for the
Pickup’s long-haired driver.

Off they go:
Subs, more smokes, some pills in alleys ….

Two women park a Volvo,
Go into the bookstore,
Pick two New York Times bestsellers
And also buy theatre tickets.

All in the small town Maine parking lot ….

Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky, mid August 2012

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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