Thursday, September 8, 2011

A Little Keys Mystery

I have walked past this home for some years now and nothing has changed.


There is something completely forlorn about a home no longer used.


A home is in fact most people's largest asset when speaking in terms of money, but in terms of emotional attachment what object can there be of greater attraction than one's home?


Private property perhaps but whose and where are they, the affixers of the signs?


And there under the house in its proper place the vehicle that every home must boast, for what is a home without a means of transport, in modern America?


A garden formed and maintained now abandoned and overgrown...


And there out front the ultimate Keys accessory, a boat, with, of all things, a tricycle inside.


And the boat bears the hint of ownership, registration from North Carolina, a place whence go the many that decide that Keys living is too expensive for them.


A hot summer afternoon, a quiet day on Cudjoe Key. And no sign of anyone come to reprieve the home from the encroaching weeds.

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5 comments:

Jack Riepe said...

Dear Conch:

Cudjoe Key? Is the island named after a rabid dog in a Stephen King story?

Inquiring minds want to know.

Fondest regards,
Jack/reep
Twisted Roads

Conchscooter said...

no one knows. possibly it is the name of a former resident or a word in salve tongue brought over from Africa or some other wild speculation. pronounced Cud Joe as written with no Spanish influences.

Christopher Shepherd said...

Cudjoe is a "day name", in the West African tradition of naming children according to the day of the week on which they were born. A male child born on a Monday is named Cudjoe. Who knows if it's the namesake of this island or not, though. I've seen signs of life at that house, as someone occaisionally moves the garbage-can-holding sawhorses to block access to the Plantation Road trail, as if it weren't a public right-of-way (it is).

Conchscooter said...

Tell me all children in Senegal are named for a day of the week and I would be closer to believing you. But west Africa is far too amorphous.and hy a day of the week?
I prefer the cousin Joe theory about Cudjoe but who knows in the end.
Ramrod key was named after jack riepe's grandfather. That or a ship that ran aground around near here.
I need more sleep it's been a long week.

Christopher Shepherd said...

Hee hee! There is some truth to the whole day-name thing ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akan_names ), but I don't buy it either.