Photographer's Note

A City Weeps

He had come to the city fresh off the SFO International with a pair of suitcases purchased in the
dingy lanes of Chandni Chawk overrun with goats and a medley of men. This is where he learned to replace
hair oil with shampoo. Mrs. O'Reilly the landlady in faded skirt and gold rimmed glasses, her son lost in Vietnam, had brought chicken
soup with rice when he lay feverish on his single bed upstairs overlooking the bridge. Thanks very much
Mrs. O'Reilly, he had said, you really didn't have to do it. This is where he learned to understand the ballet of
the cell, to hear the music of signal transduction, and once as he worked at night at his
lab bench he discovered music on KDFC. Years pass. This morning he gets back the $200 deposit from Mrs. O'Reilly, packs
his suitcases and the new pullon from Costco stuffed with used paperbacks he purchased at Chelsea Books, then he heads
for the Grayhound terminus. The belle had sent twelve boxes packed with clothes and hard-backed books by the
UPS two days ago. The large window of her corner room was shuttered for the last time after she stuffs her remaining clothes
in the laundy basket, her box of flowered gowns and dinner set, perfumes and CD boxes packed in the green bug, the new design,
her photo albums with memories of jazz amidst the sparkle of light on wine glasses, no cynics allowed nor
insufferable 'fobs', how about a hot tub party on the last night together....

KDFC streams through the air into her little car and the radio in his headset as the car and the Grayhound turn
off the baybridge to the east through the silent drizzle. Du Pre's agony cries out the bars of Elgar's
cello as the city weeps. Oh 'do not ask for whom' the city weeps, 'for it weeps for thee'....

--This one is for my daughter on Memorial Day.

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Photo Information
Viewed: 1991
Points: 39
Additional Photos by Animesh Ray (AnimeshRay) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 689 W: 44 N: 846] (9089)
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