Sisyphus from the Savanna
How larger is that palm? I don’t know, about 27, 30 meters, if you said so… there are not many near, the wood has a good price, it sold at Veracruz to furniture.
Sisyphus used to be erect on green & grey as “garrobo” (brown iguana), king of this neighborhood; crowned watchtower their stars, predator of clouds, hard as skin dragon, zero coconut, there is a riverbed between the cacao trees, where the “chayas” rose you, (urticarial medicinal maya plant); walking through the marshland, a crocodile nest you will find, a few steps front, the biggest palms that you can ever see, just in case if they can’t be view it from here, it’s because the clouds cover them, the same sun, the same night… the blue craps warn you , the feet of the giant descent to the heart of earth, then you say to yourself, immutable…
The neighbor keep telling me; “there were tigers, well… that is how we used to call them to those wild cats, they were dangerous, they jump over you by nights and tear off your throat, perhaps the size of a dog; now you can’t see them no more; they were red heron, little pelicans, little boars used to take a walk over here, but people ate them all, now just in case a “tlacuache”, (kind of opossum), because no more rabbits, even “mojarritas” (little river crappie), the oil kill them, on cattle too, the other day a little pig die; I founded at dawn drowned in the tar; the vulture does not arrive, it’s a black hell, the heat remains eternal.”
The mosquitoes die in the sweat without pluck the skin, 40 degrees green ones.
Weeks later I came back, Sisyphus have been removed, a protuberance of food I just found, their wood destined to Veracruz to furniture, I spit to ground, I curse loud on, I said to myself, that is the way how the giants perish, I drank the last gulp from my bottle.