Whiskerino 2009

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  • posted: February 05 @ 5:18pm
The old vaquero recounted me a parable I can't tell half as well. He said his grandaddy had seen it with his own eyes. Said his grandaddy had taken to vaquero life as well, and one season out on the pitch volcanic flats of Tlaxcala, outside the Basin of Mexico, the man had come upon a Golden Eagle. Falling like a hellbent angel. Crashing into the dust. This older vaquero, the younger said, saw the eagle lift a rattler squirming from the weeds into the clear pale air. But the rattler hadn't died. It twisted so vehemently dark blood dripped from the talons. So the eagle took its calm by perching on a prickly pear, pushing the snakeflesh to the spines. Still the snake struggled. The bird pecked feebly but shied for all the reach of the head.

The way he told it you'd know it a certainty. Them two desert creatures out there had each other fixed. Two worlds fixed together with all the precariousness of everything else, but theirs was on display. If she let go he'd bite her good as dead. If she took off he'd bite her anyways. Not that the snake was in much position to make demands. So there they were.

Anyway it doesn't end well. She took off, rattler dangling down from her grip limp as dead, but not. Vaquero said his grandaddy said she meant to drop him on the rocks. As though in the long line of rattlers there hadn't been cliffs and ditches enough to teach them the danger of heights. He bit her fore she had the chance.

What gets to me is the rattler had won it. Maybe they was both in trouble, but at the fault of the eagle and the command of the snake. Regardless. I'd tell it another way if I could. She dropped him, screaming. Too high. When the older vaquero found the rattler it had been torn in half by the pumice. In the distance he watched the eagle flap, then glide, then celebrate the venom with a final dive.

Comments

ThatGuy says:
Hey neighbor. Can I borrow a dollar? I have to take my Lady out tonight.
Posted: Feb 5th, 2010 - 5:21pm -
Phil says:
What is the origin of this tale? I like it.
Posted: Feb 5th, 2010 - 5:35pm -
wondermade says:
What can you buy with a peso nowadays anyways?
Posted: Feb 5th, 2010 - 5:44pm -
Sir Squire says:
@Phil - This one's all mine. I guess the coin is the origin of this story, but the parable of the snake and the bird goes back to the Greeks. Clame for a silly website with a translation of Aesop's version.
Posted: Feb 5th, 2010 - 5:48pm -
mattyc says:
too many words.
Posted: Feb 5th, 2010 - 6:27pm -
Robfrenzy says:
I enjoy these pics very much
Posted: Feb 5th, 2010 - 6:31pm -
ThatGuy says:
This might be my favorite of the series. So good.
Posted: Feb 6th, 2010 - 10:07am -
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