By Leslie Silko, Larry McMurtry
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This was not the rain he and Josiah had prayed for, this was not the green foliage they sought out in sandy canyons as a sign of a spring. When Tayo prayed on the long muddy road to the prison camp, it was for dry air, dry as a hundred years squeezed out of yellow sand, air to dry out the oozing wounds of Rocky’s leg, to let the torn flesh and broken bones breathe, to clear the sweat that filled Rocky’s eyes: It was that rain which filled the tire ruts and made the mud so deep that the corporal began to slip and fall with his end of the muddy blanket that held Rocky.
The depot man helped him get up; he checked the tag on the suitcase. ” Tayo shook his head; he was beginning to shiver all over. ” “Oh, that was some years back. Right after Pearl Harbor. But now they’ve turned them all loose again. Sent them home. ” His voice sounded faint to him. ” He nodded and looked down the tracks. The depot man glanced at a gold pocket watch and walked away. The swelling was pushing against his throat, and he leaned against the brick wall and vomited into the big garbage can.
EISBN : 978-1-440-62182-6 1. World War, 1939-1945—Veterans—Fiction. 2. Laguna Indians—Fiction. I. Title. 54—dc22 2006050705 The scanning, uploading and distribution of this book via the Internet or via any other means without the permission of the publisher is illegal and punishable by law. Please purchase only authorized electronic editions, and do not participate in or encourage electronic piracy of copyrighted materials. Your support of the author’s rights is appreciated. com This book is dedicated to my grandmothers, Jessie Goddard Leslie and Lillie Stagner Marmon, and to my sons, Robert William Chapman and Cazimir Silko Thanks to the Rosewater Foundation-on-Ketchikan Creek, Alaska, for the artist’s residence they generously provided.
Ceremony by Leslie Silko, Larry McMurtry