III. LAMENT FOR JACARÉ, RIO DE JANEIRO, 1943

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III. LAMENT FOR JACARÉ

In which: ORSON revisits the drowning death of Manoel Olimpio Meira during the filming of Jangadieros.

ORSON #3 / AHAB

J’accuse! Jacaré!

He and three other jangadieros sailed from Fortaleza to Rio—

Four Men on a Raft sailing a thousand miles to protest Brazilian poverty.

Perfect for It’s All True, I thought.

Jacaré is the perfect floating signifier of leadership and historical motivation,

the “true and perfect image of life, indeed.”

J’accuse! Jacaré!

I offered him what he’d earn in a year to reenact his triumph.

A poor fisherman: how could he refuse?

This Ahab, camera in hand, lost the shot when

a wave drowned the real and the fictional Jacaré.

Later, his decomposing head was found in the belly of a huge shark

Somewhere off the coast of the Barra da Tijuca.

Jacaré.