January 5, 2004: Headlines: COS - Peru: Writing - Peru: Cafe Press: American poet Robert Roberg reflects back on his life and times in Peru in the 1960s

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American poet Robert Roberg reflects back on his life and times in Peru in the 1960s

American poet Robert Roberg reflects back on his life and times in Peru in the 1960s

I'm Running Through a Yard Trying to Catch a Turkey

Chapter 10

Up in the mountains I'm running through a yard trying to catch a turkey. I promised the Peace Corps volunteers that I would cook a turkey for Thanksgiving. The yard is filled with running squawking turkeys and turkey poop. I'm slipping. I'm falling. I'm drunk. I'm now covered with turkey poop. The Indians are laughing. The children with their red chubby cheeks and red stocking caps are splitting their sides with laughter as the drunken gringo keeps falling in the turkey poop.

"More Chicha? More Chicha? the farmer roars holding out another glass of the wicked moonshine to me.

Now I'm dancing the Huyano. I have a white handkerchief in my hand. A flute and two drums hold us in a trance. There are fifty of us whooping and dancing wildly "Hecha la" We are throwing white flour at each other and drinking the wicked Moonshine. The girls look so pretty. There's Toya and Gloria and Daisy. My head is banging like a drum as I stumble home in the dark. A clap of thunder and then bang someone hits me from behind and I sprawl forward. Who in the world.? I turn around and behind me is a goat standing in the trail rolling his head from side to side. Whoa is it Baphomet? I pick myself up and yell at the goat that stands as if he is ready to charge me again. All right all right calm down this is you path I'm going. Man my butt is sore. I look up at the sky and see Orion. My heart leaps. I don't feel so alone.

I come to the bridge but they are waiting, the rabid, skinny, cowardly mountain dogs. They only know courage in a pack. At first I see only two, or three, and I snarl at them and yell. They back up only to get recruits. Soon there are several and they are beginning to come alive into one snarling murderous pack. They attack. I pull off my light jacket and begin swirling it at them. They howl, they roar, they nip. They have me backed up against the bridge rail. I climb up onto the rail and they are biting at my feet. I leap down under the bridge to where I hope the bank will be. I land in the soft sand and try not to make a sound. They mill about the bridge whimpering, barking, and bragging how they had killed the gringo. After awhile they slink off and I quietly return to the bridge and tip toe home cursing them under my breath. "Perros demonicos"

When this story was posted in October 2004, this was on the front page of PCOL:

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