Streetcar Blues

“Leaving the beach on a Sunday in a streetcar” – Charles Reznikoff, “[Leaving the beach on a Sunday in a streetcar]”

The red pill of New Orleans Transit took me from Canal Street past the cemeteries.  It was raining.  2:00 in the morning.  Not the best time to travel by streetcar, but I was late coming back from Jerome’s party.

I hunkered down in the seat, hoodie over my head.  I had been trying to keep off the rain while I waited for the streetcar.  That was when I noticed three lights following me.  In the sky – blue, yellow, orange.  UFOs, or something the government made up.  I was up on my conspiracy theories with the best of them.  I watch CNN and Fox News.

I wrote an essay for my H.S. language arts class, “Taking the Canal. St. streetcar at 2:00 am and seeing UFO lights,” but Mr. Hernandez gave me a “D.”  Something about, “Needs improvement” in the margin when he handed it back.

Maybe it was the rain, but when I got home I started looking up this stuff on the Internet about UFOs.  There’s some crazy stuff out there.

Later I wrote a poem instead.  It got made into a web comic by my friend Candice.

You never know where the red pill will take you.

About this post:  Streetcars can only take you so far.  The rest comes from your imagination.

Red Car Green Car Carondelet Gravier by Infrogmation of New Orleans is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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