Female Flapper Flaneur of the Harlem Renaissance
In my dreams I am a Lady Flâneur with camera. My name Sophronia The Famous Female Flapper Flâneur of the Harlem Renaissance. Little known lost Twin Flame and alter ego of my Grandmother EVA SOPHRONIA GORDON PALMER.
Take my picture in Flapper Finery and transport me back to the Roaring Twenties.
I would be in the Salon of the day hobnobbing with Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, Augusta Savage, Elizabeth Catlett, and Dorothy West. My photograph would be taken by the famous Black photographer James Van Der Zee.
Every week would be infamously dyed a different shade of Roaring Red. Cherry Crush, Vampire Red, Rose Red, Flaming Electric Lava Red, Passion Red all to match my Fiery personality. A Great Beauty like my Aunt Thelma Palmer Varner.
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I’d Charleston and Lindy Hop across 125th Street. Why Yes I’d be a Name. I’d be a Personality. Pizzazz in a Petite Package. Bohemian. Footloose and Fancy Free. Carefree with no worries.
I’d be a Jazz Baby with the likes of Duke Ellington. Singers such as Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday, Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller and Louis Armstrong.
Holding court in Mt. Morris Park armed with my Eastman Kodak Brownie there to see and be seen capturing every day Harlemites and Glorious Black Culture. Moving easily and seamless between the 20th and 21st Centuries as the First Time Traveling Female Flâneur. Racing forward in time for a day at Rockaway Playland with a same day trip to Coney Island. No boundaries. Nothing to hold me back. I’d Fly Free as as a Winged Spirit beyond dimensions laughing through eternity. A wiggle of the nose. A tug on the ear. Three 3 clicks of my red patent leather shoes and in milliseconds there I’d be on yet another Fabulous Adventure!! ❤ ❤