End of Hope in Hyde Park?

June 28th, 2010 by Harrumpher Leave a reply »

At 15, when I tried to discuss what I got from Beatles’ lyrics, my older sister curtly informed me I was overthinking. I should just be literal.

Yet today, noticing a Fairmount Hill neighbor’s rubbish array, I wonder what it means. nowishesHer wishing well has long dominated her front yard. Now she’s discarded it.

Could it be that all her wishes are manifested? Could she have given up, like one who has stopped buying a weekly lottery ticket? Could it be that this was a decorative object only and she has tired of it? Might she have a grander wishing well on the way? Might someone be digging her a well to complete the metaphor? Might this be a symbol of the lack of hope in Hyde Park and Boston. Might my sister have been right all along?

This also brought to mind a piece of performance art by a friend when I lived in New York. I sort of inherited Savannah (the nom d’art of Marion Etheredge) from my new wife. They had shared a house in Beaufort, South Carolina during Savannah’s nasty divorce. Afterward she moved to Manhattan where we lived.

In this larger city though we saw Savannah set a tall step ladder in front of her place on Vestry Street in the view of the Twin Towers. She struggled up a bit, burdened with a watermelon. Holding it for a long moment, she said brightly and clearly, “Like our hopes and dreams…,” as she let it fall to the sidewalk. It splattered and broke apart.

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3 Responses

  1. Marion Etheredge says:

    O Lovely, I’d forgotten. It still strikes me as funny. What a ridiculously lofty gesture attempting to rise above the din. I cringe now at the loss of a delicious watermelon that could have been shared. Probably I thought I was Sharing my grief and trying to let it go.

  2. Harrumpher says:

    We certainly were in the spirit of it. While our own changes were not as broad or deep as yours, the cathartic art was at once fun, funny and meaningful.

  3. Robb says:

    Wonderful visual. There will always (hopefully) be more watermellons to eat, but how many are art?

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