EGGPLANTS / --After Amy Wilentz You must understand: we have done the Lord's work here since 1961. Eldon had just finished the seminary, and I was only twenty, though I suppose you're thinking you could never picture me as a girl, and sometimes I think I never was. You see the snapshot there: Eldon and I on the airport runway, coming in to Port-au-Prince, my absurd gray woolen suit to look like Mrs. Kennedy. And the heat and pillbox hat! Even Baptists wanted that day--like a hammer. I'll never forget how I prayed just for the strength to walk the tarmac into Customs. Then a night in a filthy hotel, and next day our ride up the Route Nationale-- just a gully, like a riverbed--to here. You journalists: I've seen your sort every year since Duvalier took power. You'll sip from your lemonade, so prim in that dress, so polite. But away from here you're a slut, and everything I say to your little machine "Mrs. Cunningham believes in prayer ..." will come out in print as lies, as ridicule. You'll see the hymns the congregation sings-- Amazing Grace in their own Creole-- as some fancy ironic symbol.
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Oct 5, 1991
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