By Austin Clarke
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Younger age in a lady? younger women? you could maintain that! yet gimme the load, any day, child! Avoirdupois. It has to be the beef chops and fry-chicken. Don’t you love monstrous ladies, like these massive Amurcan mommas? They take me back to the fact of Barbados; even though, as I say, I don’t return to Barbados too frequently, nor to the Wessindies, barring the 2 occasions I take the parlez-vous woman there, while she spend all her time on the Alliance Française polishing-up her French in its place o’ conversing in my language, or coming with me within the rum-shop and how you can drink a rum. And it relatively burned my ass ’cause it used to be when we had-arrive too overdue, after my previous girl died, while I received the message pertaining to her demise too past due to get there and raise her head. yet I inform you anything this night the following in Toronto. The very subsequent goddamn time i'm going again there, otherwise you listen that I long past again there, to Barbados or the Wessindies, it's in a goddamn mahogany field with silver strappings and a silver breastplate on that field bearing my identify and date-o’-birth. Rest-in-fucking-peace! Adios! Adieu! yet getting again to the ladies of the South; the ladies of the South, they take me back to the fact of a calypso by way of Lord Kitchener, “Sugar-Bum-Bum. ” Too-sweet! all of the means up North on that Amtrak educate, after I turn-off the overhead mild that i used to be studying the most recent reproduction of Ebony journal with, and that i shut my eyes, and throughout my brain go this lady, this monstrous, beautiful Southern momma, whilst she walks in the home, the floorboards rumble and does-creak; and while she lays-down on me, goddamn! the wonder of her weight! the wonder I see in that girl! How-come you don’t say a lot approximately girls? You’re speaking to me, ya understand? ” i locate it effortless to photo him deep within the South, in Durham, North Carolina, or in Atlanta, Georgia, or in Austin, Texas; and i'm capable of do that simply because in all this time we have now been ingesting, and he's speaking approximately France and Italy and Germany, the images of his narrative are drawn with a heavier contact of the language from the South than from these international locations in Europe. and that i imagine that, maybe, he by no means lived in them. For the language he has retained from these nations isn't a true language, no longer a real language, yet in simple terms his retention of phrases, tastes. And while he's conversing approximately again domestic within the island, he speaks in a decent, local, huge and flat Barbadian accessory, very like the previous Barbadian woman who gave him the smelling salts in Paris at Gloria’s funeral. yet out of some of these voices that he hides his feelings in, tracing the French, the Italian, and the German, like a spider’s internet, there is not any extra strong internet of attraction that captures that afternoon at the seashore at Paynes Bay. His personal language makes transparent these chapters some time past that he's laying ahead of me, in this glossy, around, black desk. i'm commencing to ask yourself how a lot of his speak he expects me to think, how a lot he expects me to belief, out of all his tales that have me giggling and unhappy. yet i do know he expects me to belief them all.