A muggy morning,
The sun burning mist,
And back to rural New York State,
In the valleys of the Catskills,
The grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles lived
In annual early summers.
Hay is cut, dampens, dries, sweet.
The grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles now
Rest in graves in a hillside cemetery
Above a Catskill valley.
Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky, late May 2014
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!