By Jameson Parker
Not lengthy after Simon & Simon went off the air, the writer used to be shot two times and left for useless on a road in l. a.. bodily, he recovered particularly fast. Psychologically, even if, the results have been way more critical and long-lasting, sending him right into a spiral of post-traumatic rigidity affliction and melancholy. accordingly, nearly unintentionally, he ended up in a global of horses and livestock and ranching that helped him live on
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No answer. I looked over and realized his silence was not rudeness, nor shyness, nor even secrecy, but rather that he was chewing on the question, uncertain perhaps of the wanderings and meanderings that had brought him here; or, if he knew how to puzzle his way back along the paths, uncertain how to express it, how to condense thirty or forty years into a handful of words. ” “No? ” “Really. ” No answer. Again I looked at him and again I had the impression he was searching for a way to communicate thoughts unspoken, feelings unexamined.
Prayed. ” “Got a rope on him. Put him in the trailer. ” He said it as if it were the easiest, most natural thing in the world. ” We were driving down a mountain in the middle Tweedy drainage, high above Tweedy Creek. Four of us had driven over two hundred head of cattle down, through canyons, draws, arroyos so steep and inhospitable that it was a wonder any animal would go there, down shale slopes too steep too walk, through sage and bitterbrush impenetrable as a portcullis. The horses were in the trailer, sweat-soaked, dirt-streaked, worn out.
I finish my berries and my coffee. I am fine. I even sit and watch the weather report, for Darleen and I have planned a day of hiking in the country. I am fine. But then as I start to dress, the air in this light and sunny apartment turns suddenly thick and dark as my coffee. The walls start to move in on me at crazy angles. And all at once, I can no longer breathe. No matter how hard I struggle, I simply cannot get enough air into my lungs, or out of them. I know what is happening, but I can’t help myself.
An Accidental Cowboy by Jameson Parker