Thursday, November 18, 2010
Tip Top Voodoo New Orleans
While Lake Pontchartrain crabs are reputed to be the best in the world (I discussed this in the past for a few days but don't have the patience to look up the links), I rarely see the remnants of these crabs that get boiled and devoured by the kilo. I paused to take a closer look. Crab claw? No.
Look closely. One end is covered with feathers. It is a severed bird beak. I didn't touch it but I let my camera record it so I could mull it over. Why? Why would a bird's beak be so cleanly removed and left to languish on the sidewalk. I don't know. Maybe it's a voodoo talisman.
New Orleans is famous for being a home to voodoo but, truth be told, I've seen evidence outside of tourist traps. Not that I don't wish it were true. I love drama and mystery. New Orleans is full enough of mystery though without a layer of voodoo being overlaid on its mojo.
Soon after passing this avian remnant, I came across this storefront...
There are plenty of other places, a whole city full in fact. There's no curse, only business cycles. Spoken like a dry economist. When I find a severed bird beak on my front stoop and trip down the stairs, I may think differently. New Orleans is full of surprises.