The Night of the Iguana

30th Street. Astoria, Queens. Photo by Rick Stachura. October 8, 2019.


And still the ripe fruit and the branch

Observe the sky begin to blanch

Without a cry, without a prayer, 

With no betrayal of despair.


O Courage, could you not as well

Select a second place to dwell,

Not only in that golden tree

But in the frightened heart of me?




Passage taken from Act Three of “The Night of the Iguana” by Tennessee Williams, 1961.

Photo by Rick Stachura. An apparition on 30th Street in Astoria, Queens. October 8, 2019.




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