The red suitcase safely delivered the Gypsy from Spain to Williamsburg. Now she dances on our dining-room wall for the pleasure of our dinner guests. A French photographer arranged for her to meet him at the whisper of dawn on the palm-lined Balcony of Europe. She wore her red ruffled gown with black polka dots.
A life-sized statue of King Juan Carlos’ grandfather, wearing a casual business suit, leans against the iron railing. He is so realistic you could ask him for a light. When he visited Nerja and strolled the marble paved promenade suspended over the sea he exclaimed “Surly this must be the Balcony of Europe.”
She twirled against the pillow of dawn and the flutter of her fan brushed the brow of morning. The almost imperceptible motion was caught by the camera’s eye. The innovative artist amazingly transferred the image to a thin sheet of aluminum. She called to us from his gallery window. Obviously she could not be rolled and tubed like an ordinary canvas prepared for travel.
Thus began the search for a hard-sided suitcase. The shiny red one with the black butterflies was the perfect solution. Success!
Joyce Carr Stedelbauer is the author of four popular books of inspirational poetry profiling Biblical people. They are available from Amazon.
HAVE YOU MET EVE?
HAVE YOU SEEN THE STAR?
WHO ROLLED THE STONE?
WHERE ARE YOU ADAM?
An upcoming children’s alphabet book will be published by HIGH TIDE PUBLISHERS