"When dawn spreads its paintbrush on the plain, spilling purple... ," Songs of the Pioneers song from TV show "Wagon Train." Dawn on the mythic Santa Fe Trail, New Mexico, looking toward Raton from Cimarron. -- Clarkphoto. A curmudgeon's old-fashioned newspaper column, cross-breeding metaphors and journalism and art, for readers in 150 countries.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Booth is a Verb--Unplanned Interlude

The Clark was about to write about students and The Illidge, but the TV was showing The Lonesome Dove, when Gus dies as Woodrow banters with him, trying to hold back tears. The Clark cannot, no more than Woodrow, and thinks of the last time he talked with The Illidge in his hospital bed in Wichita, both knowing what would soon transpire. That story later. The Clark needs time.

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