Store Door

Within a minute,

He, in health, comes through with his friend,

Going in they are for a 12-pack.

The friend’s heart is shaky,

Lip cancer scars his mouth.


A woman comes out.

Exercise tights, sweat drops,

Healthy greens, soy mild, dark bread.


A son and dad come out,

!2-packs, too.

They kid me for going to sleep early.

The dad says,

“You might have stayed up all night.

“You can’t do that anymore, or a lot of other things.”

I laugh, and admit, not painfully,

“You’re right.”

The friends are still in check-out.

The exerciser has started her SUV.

The father and son near their pickup.

Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky, late January 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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