A cheap house.

He buys low.

Three days to gut the rotted-wooden site.

Half a day to pile:

Every chipped dish,

All the old-age-smelling clothes,

Sagging broken beds,

Shaky chairs,

A torn sofa

Onto his trailer –

Dump burial minutes away.

A black suitcase is roped atop the removal.

“Their daughters didn’t want anything.

“They didn’t even come by to look,

“Not at the house, not at the stuff.”

He finishes gassing his truck.

The trailer bends off behind the truck,

The black suitcase lumpy above.


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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