Late one afternoon in a wooded park somewhere in the Delta, I was recovering from the previous night's juke jointing by relaxing around camp. As usual, I had my end of the park to myself. Seated comfortably at my campsite's wooden picnic table, I clutched a cold beer in one hand and a good book in the other hand. Oh, life was grand--until a car pulled into an adjacent campsite. |
I went back to my beer and my book and paid no more attention to the couples. Their tent erected, they stayed on the side opposite me and I heard not a sound from them. Dusk came. I forgot about the tent and the couples. I lit a charcoal fire in my campsite's metal grill. Darkness came, the burning coals glowing and flickering like orange candles. I put a link of pork sausage and a foil-wrapped chunk of garlic bread on the grill. And so I soon stood there in the darkness, looking down at the glowing coals and occasionally turning the sausage and the bread and thanking the Good Lord for beer and blues and thinking about the wonders of nature and how glad I was to be alive, etc.
For some reason I looked up. There sat the tent, no longer dark but brilliantly illuminated from within. On that bright white wall were cast two perfectly outlined and jet-black silhouettes, one on the right, one on the left. Each silhouette was a couple, I realized. The thought crossed my mind to tell them they should either extinguish their lantern or move it. But I said nothing. I looked back down, turning my sausage and bread.
I looked up again. The silhouettes were moving slightly. Then I noticed that a part of the silhouette on the left, a round protuberance, was moving rapidly up and down. Hummmm, I said to myself, that looks like large breasts bouncing up and down. Oh, my God! It is large breasts bouncing up and down! She's sitting backwards in his lap!
The thought crossed my mind that voyeurism isn't a nice activity. But the devil won.
To make this long story short and to avoid offending anyone let me just say that by careful use of well-honed anthropological skills, I noted these facts: