‘Leaving Blues’ by Mike Roach

A Faustian bargain. A rescue from hell. A singer and a poet. Facilitator of communication and god of chaos fall. And it’s all caught on film. Mississippi 1967. The Figure (Faust) calls on the Scribe (a camera man) to film his walk to the crossroads. Along the way, they befriend the Singer (Orpheus). They await the arrival of the intermediary (Legba) at midnight. The camera fails and picks up the following morning on a train to Memphis. A horrible flood is coming for the Delta. A young civil rights worker (the Journalist) hears the story of the Figure selling his soul to the devil and the Singer asking for a second chance at love. An otherworldly man who calls himself the King (Egyptian god Seth) strikes up a conversation with the group and explains his claim of being responsible for the flood. Once in Memphis, the Figure begins to devise a way to make it to the woman he loves back in Mississippi, to rescue her from the flood. All transportation is cut off. The Figure receives a letter. His love is dead. The Figure remembers Seth’s words and, blaming him, hunts him down to take away from Seth the only thing that means anything to him: his claim as god of chaos.

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