[I tell you then]
I tell you then, your master is never so far from you, you never have to raise your voice. It is right that you understand what you are saying, it is good this doing something on your horse that isn’t graceful. A wind slides beneath it anyway. But imagine a different horse, undifficult, another boy who rides in a high desert. The horse is quite black whereas the boy is pale. A sight to behold under the sun, this pair. They go galumphing until there is no water and what spare fuel is left is nowhere near enough. True story. The sun dies, careening off the piñons– there is something left but less than what the day had promised you or I. Here’s where we make camp, darkness. And there is suddenly nothing to be done but play a harmonica or sing the song about being so alone. No harmonica no song in this boy. Best to keep riding it seems and so he does and suddenly, the honest-to- goodness-suddenly, the black horse disappears and it looks, for once, like the boy is actually alone, carried brightly like a chalice.