Settling

Settling

I am standing at the computer in the sound booth. My eyes follow a young woman as she hurries through the chapel to the open doorway in search of a restroom. I know there are other guests in the building and I do not want to cut the music off too abruptly as a matter of principle. My fingers slide the volume controls down evenly until silence settles. Continue reading “Settling”

Up Ahead

Up Ahead

It is nearing the end of summertime in Charleston: always too hot, but always skirting magical. Scents of grills and salt water and hot sunshine dance under clouds heavy with rain. Thunder rumbles in the distance; ceilings fans keep spinning. Bracelets on women’s wrists and wine glasses in their hands go on clinking into the night. Birds dart up to the sky and plunge back down to catch their supper in the reeds. Young people walk hand and hand, full of wonder; expectation. Older couples stroll; they are old friends laughing. The hum of traffic in the streets is met with a clop-clop of a horse and carriage approaching. Continue reading “Up Ahead”

It Felt Like Grief

It Felt Like Grief

After a quick knock on the door, I walk into a living room where an older woman sits quietly in her armchair. A friend who answered the door recognized me and now leads me inside. The house is dimly lit compared to the sunshine on the bright spring day, but I take note of how the slight impressions left by my footprints interrupt neat lines made by the vacuum cleaner on the dusty rose colored carpet. Continue reading “It Felt Like Grief”