The Sun Up An  Hour

She folds her arms across a purple blouse.Balcony Roma2


A black cat walks back to the porch.

A black face looks out of blankets atop cardboard.

A white face looks out of blankets atop a moldy sleeping bag.

Second-floor balcony homeless,

Their building: front-end loader target.

Four senior women,

The early bus comes up the street.

Warming yellow sun.

Amber overhead bus lights.

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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