So stiff the red white and blue,

So high, catching wind.


A friend in a state prison.

A friend in a federal prison.

A friend caught in federal parole and conviction regulations.

A friend out of federal immigration detention, under scrutiny.

Rip on flag, so determined.

Those four under the flag, under piles of records,

So low you’ve gone,

So low you’ve been placed ….


Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky, early July 2015

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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