A shadow falls.
The shutter rises. Grayscale black & white. Out of focus. Woman in a sun hat, smiling. Woman on the beach. White blouse. The sound of rice. Man with sunglasses laughing. Man sitting in a room. Checkered button-up shirt. Glass of lemonade & ice. Shaded terrace. Woman walking on a pier. The sound of folding paper. Close up. Woman in sundress on a veranda. Woman with linen scarf wrapped around her face. Woman in nun’s habit. Man in nurse’s uniform. Empty stage. Woman out of focus. Man out of focus. little boy in devil costume with shiny cheeks. Man waving at camera. Man wearing pajamas. Woman in nurse’s uniform, frowning. Side of building. Enlargement. Woman holding glass of iced tea. Monochrome. Man in white jacket and sports coat. Man holding rifle next to dead elephant. Blonde woman. Woman walking on the beach. Man asleep on a chair. Man climbing tree. Woman looking at horizon. Big, deep, & cold lake. Splice. Blurry. Man wearing glasses. Woman applying lipstick. Woman smiling. Man smiling. Teeth showing. Flash of light. Two women sitting at table. Man smoking cigarette. Woman carrying purse down the boardwalk. Woman wearing jewel-encrusted necklace. Woman out of focus. Group of men standing around hospital bed. A weight rises.