Daphna Awaits

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© L Hartley
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As we left Jake's bygone, ruined college house, the same man who approached us on entering asked for money. That usually happens in New Orleans. I said, "I never give hand outs to able-bodied men, but if you talk to me, I will pay for your time." So, we sat, he and I, and talked about Daphna.

He said she had lived in the old Billeaudeaux house for months, since the storm, when its last renters had abandoned it and its power had been shut off for safety violations. He said that cats fed off Daphna's Meals on Wheels scraps. He said she was not a drug addict or a ****, like most of 'em. He said, "Leave her be. I watch out for her, " and demanded a twenty. I gave him ten because I had to buy more film. But last, I asked, as I handed him the bill, "Who is Ben?" "No one knows," he said. "But he dead." Without saying thanks, he wandered away.

As we left, I saw the other side of this image; Daphna, at the windows, hands against the glass, as she stood waiting. Waiting for Ben, whoever he was, and wherever he is.

I wish he would return for her and save her, for certainly, I can not. I could far more easily save her cats, than she, and that is a sad, sad story about life today in the USA, particularly, in New Orleans; the city that time forgot.

In the story Daphna, Not Daphne.

21 responses

  • peggy gardner

    peggy gardner gave props (27 Jun 2008):

    hands show the emotion in this picture. what a neat place.

  • Frederic Frognier

    Frederic Frognier (Deleted) gave props (27 Jun 2008):

    A beautifully composed shot

  • Warren ~Mangione~

    Warren ~Mangione~ gave props (27 Jun 2008):

    After reading this I want to go search for BEN!

  • Catherine Kurvink

    Catherine Kurvink gave props (27 Jun 2008):

    Another evocative shot, and the story is so well-written. You are such a gifted artist in every way!

  • L Hartley

    L Hartley gave props (27 Jun 2008):

    I am humbled, truly, Cat. I sit down with an idea, and God sends the words. I am merely a vehicle of the truth, I like to think.

  • Debby Adler

    Debby Adler gave props (27 Jun 2008):

    Overwhelming. Did you know that 'Ben' means son?

  • Anne Mcginn

    Anne Mcginn gave props (28 Jun 2008):

    A deeply emotional story and image, just beautiful laura. i so admire your work. where's my hail mary???!!!!

  • John Linton

    John Linton said (28 Jun 2008):

    "Broken windows and empty hallways
    A pale dead moon in the sky streaked with gray
    Human kindness is overflowing
    And I think it's going to rain today
    Scarecrows dressed in the latest styles
    With frozen smiles to chase love away
    Human kindness is overflowing
    And I think it's going to rain today
    Lonely, lonely
    Tin can at my feet
    Think I'll kick it down the street
    That's the way to treat a friend
    Bright before me the signs implore me
    To help the needy and show them the way
    Human kindness is overflowing
    And I think it's going to rain today"

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (29 Jun 2008):

    Excellent shot! Well done.

  • Chris Walker

    Chris Walker gave props (29 Jun 2008):

    Awe inspiring. Wonderful story. Powerful shot......

  • Lynn H

    Lynn H (Deleted) gave props (30 Jun 2008):

    Laura, this is beautiful!

  • William Moore

    William Moore gave props (1 Jul 2008):

    beautiful Laura...did time really forget New Orleans? or maybe New Orleans forgot about time! I'm not sure

  • Penny Nannini

    Penny Nannini   gave props (9 Jul 2008):

    Great essay Laura.

  • Kiwi ana

    Kiwi ana (Deleted) gave props (11 Jul 2008):

    Oh Laura.... I'm so lucky to not be caught up in the prison of the mind like Daphna. Thanks for his story and image they are powerful

  • Karen Zimmerman

    Karen Zimmerman gave props (13 Jul 2008):

    Amazing, moving, devastating photos. May Daphna find peace.

  • Farras Abdelnour

    Farras Abdelnour gave props (13 Jul 2008):

    How beautiful, so nostalgic and thought provoking!

  • Daniel Veintimilla

    Daniel Veintimilla gave props (16 Jul 2008):

    wow!

  • kevin stewart

    kevin stewart said (18 Jul 2008):

    Damaged film for recording damaged souls

  • Donna Whitecotton

    Donna Whitecotton gave props (7 Aug 2008):

    Powerful image and story...great work!

  • Roxana Brivent-Barnes

    Roxana Brivent-Barnes   said (2 Oct 2010):

    Perfect!

  • Pedro Teixeira

    Pedro Teixeira   gave props (1 Sep 2011):

    Brilliant work!!

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