THE SCENE / Eric Nelson In the foregound, the four of us--my sisters, mother, and me--hamming for Dad's camera. Toothy stage waves, a leg in the air, somebody's fingers making horns behind my head as I grip the pistols Dad gave me that morning. Behind us, a crowd of backs and backs of heads, shoulder straps and camera bags. Lots of caps, short sleeves, short skirts and shorts. embraces in hard rain. In front and behind, Beyond them, across the street on the sidewalk, a young couple under umbreUas, in raincoats, people on their way somewhere pass by. Shooting our way through the French Quarter, we saw the crowd gather. Two men hosed the sidewalk a long time before steam stopped rising and glare disappeared. The rain came from sprinklers fastened to ladders, the couple from separate trailers down the street. The ones who walked past, the same ones over and over in different clothes, amazed me most-- the way one person became another by adding a hat, then another by changing a coat, hurrying alone in one direction, slowly returning as one of a couple. That movie stiU runs. Late. Two stars. I watched it once but
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Oct 5, 1989
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