In New Orleans Summer: A Tennessee Moment
Before the Great Flood
By China Clark
In New Orleans Summer,
The Riverboat Queen sails every hour.
She was dressed
In her best summer green dress.
Standing on the bough
of the last Mississippi River Gambling Boat,
[A specter from a Tennessee Williams' play:
A bit of something she retained from a literary moment in childhood],
He saw her.
Appealing, like the gentle summer breeze
As her face caught the light; He whispered, “Hello.”
He was a handsome Businessman from Tulsa with hungry eyes.
They knew they were in a Tennessee Moment.
Like Miss Alma, in “Summer and Smoke,” she giggled.
He embraced her.
And they danced under the New Orleans moonlight
Moving with the spirit of the last Riverboat and the New Orleans’ Summer Breeze