Saturday, April 19, 2008

Catching just a glimpse in person

Apparently I haven't quite mastered the art of snapping photos of fast-moving things. Such as Pope Benedict XVI's black limousine as it turned down East 66th Street yesterday afternoon, after pulling away from Park East Synagogue following a brief papal visit. I did see the Pope, even if my camera missed him by a few feet. It was warm and beautiful. I got out of work at a decent hour. And walked up until I started seeing some scattered throngs of people. A few dozen police revved their motorcycles, then led the way, and I ended up seeing him for about a second, waving through the window in his traditional white garb, smiling, and I have to say I felt something, a little pang. Someone special had just passed.

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