He bends and adjusts the washing machine’s light hoses.

He bends and lifts the gas tanker’s heavy hose.

He lifts soft drink crates.



Flavored sugary water.

Flow, fluids, flow.


Full moons – so frequent,

Barely the 30-day break in fat yellow circles ….

Baseball seasons, over in fall, start in spring,

Championship to championship – rapid.

Rookies age to veterans ….

Gardens in,

Seeds sprout.




Shovel in, shovel out ….

The moon drops.

The batting and pitching records recorded.

The shovel leans.

I walk a circle,

Slowly, slower,

The steps temporary, quick, a force ….


We to become paperclips,

Pin-like minds,

Robot controlled,

Clips, minds, robots – computer printed ….

Imagine a paperclip

Looking through a dirty restaurant window

At an orange white sunrise ….

See the miniature coffee vial, fastened ….

Screens flashing,

Paperclips writhing,

Explosions ….

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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