Friday, January 8, 2010
Route of the Past
On memory lane elders tarry
as backwards their memories carry
And there, across time
recall the sublime:
A girl wearing white on the ferry
"A fellow will remember a lot of things you wouldn't think he'd remember. You take me. One day, back in 1896, I was crossing over to Jersey on the ferry, and as we pulled out, there was another ferry pulling in, and on it there was a girl waiting to get off. A white dress she had on. She was carrying a white parasol. I only saw her for one second. She didn't see me at all, but I'll bet a month hasn't gone by since that I haven't thought of that girl." Mr. Bernstein (Everett Sloane) in Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941).