“Why are you staring, no emotion?”
I want to write about:
Thick beet green leaves.
Baseball-size avocados falling to dry ground,
She bending to gather them.
The blood red and buttery white sunsets over northern Tamaulipas.
But these durable natural joys slip past,
And I blurt:
“Can’t get the horrible Texas Legislature’s attacks on women’s health
Out of mind.
Fucking god-damn white men, mostly old, some young.”
There, I explained my stony face.
Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky, early Februaary 2013
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!