“While Asleep”
About fifty, yes, fifty homeless

Curl in store entrances,

Wrapped in blankets,

Even in the border city’s summer paste;

They dream in hungry and thirsty sleep.

Their piss and sweat hang in the streets.

Above, a United States Immigration white-bird plane

Floats for a landing,

Soon to load two hundred migrants for

Deportation or internal relocation.

Out of, near and in downtown

Fortunate sleepers have three or four more hours of AC rest ….
Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky, late June 2

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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