A mild November night,
With the date important:
November 19, 2014.
I know that tomorrow – across the border –
Millions of Mexicans, dressed in mourners’ black,
Will scream against their government’s corruption and murders –
And not all the voices will settle for words –
Violence sits ready.
With Mexico occupying every other thought,
I look up and see a tall black man.
He’s guiding a mental facility patient on a pre-sleep outside walk.
The patient, head bloated, slurs unintelligible words.
I ask the gentle caregiver where he’s from.
I ask if he knows Ferguson, Missouri,
Where soon residents and the nation and world will soon learn if a grand jury
Will indict the white policeman who killed black Michael Brown.
“I do, and what’s more Michael Brown was my friend.”
Stunned I am.
Mexico tomorrow, Missouri soon.
Violence in the air ….
I say good night to the patient and caregiver, and walk off.
Soft rain wafts.
Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky, late November 2014