By Philip Kimball
This publication comprises a chain of interconnected tales set at the nice Plains. mostly they're a couple of box hand named Sorry.
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Course I don't believe him, but I got nothing better to do on a cold day, so I let the Indian talk. Don't hurt me none listening. I tell em I'm a horsetrader, getting the urge to move on, out west somewheres. He says maybe he could help, being a big chief or whatever. Says there's plenty of land in Indian Territory. Not even being used, Kiowa, Comanche, Apache, Cheyenne, Arapaho, Seminole, Chickasaw. Had a newspaper, the Chicago Times, showed me a article about it. Written by a Indian named Boudinot.
Picks up the cueball and places it in the D at the south end. Sights down his stick, moves the cueball to his right a sixteenth, glances over at me. A nice smooth stroke, a couple of times, then cues the ball feather-soft just below the apex of the rack, spreading the northwest vertex ball slowly rolling plop into the corner pocket. The cueball good shape on the 7. He sinks it. Spots it. Keeps on shooting. A red ball then the 7, scores 65 points before he has to take a long green shot at the 4-ball.
Clang. A coyote yapping. Answered. Wind moaning sighs in the draws. A tumbleweed bounces by. Prairie dog mounds. A large bird hovering before the eyes, flutters about my head. Coo-coooo. Coo-coooo. The sky is clear now. Moon. Big Dipper. North Star. Shadows. Windmill drifting hot dry wind. Feeling good now. Alone. A part of the plains. Page 17 Prologue One Prismed morning mist rises. Commingled excited shouts. Long black-haired sweating copper women bore a litter, la Dama de Cofitachequi, Princesa de los Indios.
Harvesting Ballads by Philip Kimball