She stops the car.

Her father gets out,

Walks to his two-room apartment –

Able to plant basil and tomatoes ….

She looks back.

He’s inside.

She has time,

But checks daily –

The tiny garden’s life

Her freedom,

His freedom ….

Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky late November 2012

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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