when we wake up we see the light in front of us, the sky above us and the dirty ruins of modernity beneath our boots. i wake up and see my nephew, his hair blonde and fresh. i want nothing to do with him. i tease him but i love him. my pa needs me. some heifer is dead. tough shit. we should sell them all anyway. start a new life, start drilling for oil. my pa is too stubborn.
nobody leaves me alone. i drift off into town and leave my hat at my lady’s place, i get picked up for causing a nuisance, but nobody minds. people are entertained by me. someday the old man will die.
now that cattle are dead and gone, we can start fresh. i can bring the kid along and teach him the way of the land. he thinks he knows but he dont. i can teach him, like pa taught me.
there he goes. i better get him. cant lose the kid.
forget him. he dont know nothing.