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T h e p i e c e i w r o t e a y e a r a g o a b o u t A n to in e t te (m y wife) — a b o u t h e r ch ic k e n s , r e i n c a r n a t i o n a n d t h e s t r ic t k a rm i c q u a l i f i c a t i o n s r e q u i r e d , e v e n by Resurgence r e a d e r s a s p i r in g to a n a f te r - l if e p e r c h in h e r h e n - h o u s e , c a u s e d a s to rm o f i n t e r e s t . A n t o i n e t t e ’s ow n a p p r a i s a l was m o r e ob je c tiv e . “ I t 's a l r i g h t , ” she sa id , c lo s in g th e c opy a n d r e t u r n i n g it to its p la c e o n th e m a r g in o f th e k i tc h e n ta b le , “ . . . so f a r as it g o e s .” I g a s p e d . “ B r i l l i a n t ! ” I t h o u g h t . “D o e sn ’t t h a t ju s t s um e v e r y t h in g u p ? I m e a n t h e G r e e n m o v e m e n t . I m e a n Resurgence i t s e l f .” I r e s o lv e d t h e n a n d th e r e — th is tim e I 'l l fin ish th e job.

L a te r 1 l e a r n e d th a t sh e h a d r e f e r r e d specifically to my a c c o u n t o f Cocky-locky, h e r h om ic id a l ro o s te r , w ho t e r r o r i z e d o u r c om m u n i ty , w h om sh e a d o r e d , a n d fo r w h om I was fin a lly lic en sed to in v e n t , in p u r e l y d e f e n sive capacity, th e hitty-cock stick. I t ’s t r u e , t h e r e was m o r e to t h e sto ry , b u t full c o n t e x t r e q u i r e d tw o item s o f b a c k g r o u n d in f o rm a t io n . S co o p m a t e r i a l th e y m ay h a v e b e e n — b u t no , as u s u a l th e E d i t o r w a sn ’t p r e p a r e d to c e d e m e a c o u p le o f in ch e s o f h is c o n te n t s p a g e .

T h e f i r s t was th is : A n t o i n e t t e ’s fam i ly h a il f r o m G u b b io , a city th a t w o u ld b e o f f th e m a p i f St. F ra n c is h a d n ’t n e g o t i a te d a d e a l w i th t h e v o r a c i o u s wolf. T h e in d ic a t iv e se co n d is t h a t h e r p a t r o n y m i c , G a lle t ti , m e a n s (s om e th in g s h e c o n c e a le d f r om m e till a f t e r o u r m a r r ia g e ) a h its q u a d o f th e m o s t e v il - tem p e r e d little f ig h t in g cocks. I n th is case h e r po sse o f b a n t a m c o c k e r e l s . T h e y g a n g e d u p o n Cocky-locky a n d in o n e n ig h t r e d u c e d h im to th e in te n s iv e c a re u n i t in th e k itc h e n . A rn ic a , h y p e r i c u m , h a n d s - o n a n d w h ic h e v e r s o r t o f c o u n se l lin g it is w h e r e th e c lie n t d o e s n ’t g e t m u c h o f a say. Yes, a n o t h e r m ira c le . H e e m e r g e d p a c if ie d a n d w h a t

D I D Y M U S

AS FAR AS IT GOES

J O H N M O A T T o g e th e r w i t h A n t o i n e t t e ’s c h ic k en s , S a lom e th e cow, D a n a th e dog , a n d G h u m th e b la ck cat also n e e d m e n t io n in g .

I L L U S T R A T I O N : J O H N M O A T

A n to in e t te t e rm e d “a re a l g e n t l em a n ” . In fact som e t h i n g o f a r o le -m o d e l fo r o u r son, B en , a n d m y s e l f— in th e way h e to ok g r a in f rom th e h a n d , a llo w ed th e la d ie s to e n t e r f i r s t a n d f in a lly e a r n e d h is c o m e u p p a n c e in h e r o i c c o n f r o n ta t io n w ith a b u z z a rd .

“As fa r as it w e n t” also om i t te d m e n t io n of S a lom e . My o r ig in a l p o i n t was th a t t h e c o r r e c t iv e o p p o r t u n i tie s o f A n to in e t te ’s menage a r e n o t w a s te d o n s t r a ig h t f o rw a r d a n im a l s , b u t r e s e rv e d fo r th o s e tr a i l in g se r io u s b ag g ag e . S om e a r e slow to re v e a l th is b ag g ag e . N o t so S a lom e . In fact in m y book S a lom e a n d b a g g a g e a r e m o r e o r less sy n o n y m o u s . A n t o i n e t t e ' s house-cow — a r e d D evoncross. A nd c ro ss by n a t u r e , o r po s s ib ly b e c a u s e i t ’s u n s e t t l i n g to b e c a l le d S a lo m e w h e n y o u ’r e by q u i t e s om e d i s ta n c e th e u g l i e s t cow a n y o n e can r e m e m b e r e v e r h a v in g seen .

S h e a r r i v e d h e a l t h y e n o u g h , b u t s o o n th e k a rm ic m ia sm a s b e g a n to su r face. Mastitis was r e a d i ly c o n t a i n e d w i th pu ls a tilla . B u t th e h u m p a n d th e cowp o x w e r e i n t r a c t a b l e . P a r t ic u la r ly in th e b a g g a g e d e p a r tm e n t — a n d th is was so re ly a g g r a v a t e d in s u m m e r by th e flies. A d i s t i n g u i s h e d c r a f tsw om a n was s t a y in g a n d A n t o i n e t t e b e s p o k e f r om h e r o n S a lo m e ’s b e h a lf a v o lu m i n o u s p ro te c t iv e w h ite l in e n b r a . It was h a r d to te ll w h a t S a lom e t h o u g h t o f th is , b u t s h e a g r e e d to s p o r t it in th e m e a d o w s — to a ll t h e w o r ld ’s a s to n is hm e n t .

AND TH E N O UR d a u g h te r , t h a t ’s E ls b e t h , s h e to o t h o u g h t t h e p ie c e h a d s t o p p e d s h o r t o f th e re a l bu s in e ss. I t h a d fa ile d to m e n t i o n h e r d o g , D a n a . D an a , I was fo r c e d to c o n c e d e d id m e r i t a m e n t io n . Even th o u g h as a d o b e r m a n n s h e was a b le to p r o t e s t som e o f th e r u d e s t g o o d h e a l t h t h e a n im a l k i n g d o m c a n h a v e e v e r d ev is ed . S o m e t h in g sh e v ig o ro u s ly m a i n t a i n e d e v e n a f t e r a shift in E ls b e th ’s life h a d th is e n t a n g l e m e n t o f e n e rg y m ove in o n u s o n a k in d o f e n d -o f - s e a so n f r e e tra n s fe r .

In c om m o n w ith e v e ry o n e e ls e D a n a f o u n d G h u m , th e b la ck cat, in to le ra b le . O th e rw is e th e on ly t h i n g th a t d is c o u n te n a n c e d h e r was th e co ld . S h e s le p t u n d e r sev e ra l d u v e ts . Daily s h e d e m o n s t r a t e d how th e r e is n o n e e d to b e a r m a l ic e — p r o v i d e d you a r e su f f ic ie n t ly th i c k - s k i n n e d . W h e n sh e s to le y o u r lu n c h , n o t ev en th e m o s t sev e re b e a t i n g c o u ld d is t r a c t h e r f r om e n jo y in g it to th e full. To m e th a t s e em e d to s u g g e s t s h e ’d p a s s e d b e y o n d th e to ils o f k a rm a . Yes, b u t as i f I w o u ld know.

T h e f i rs t s ig n th a t sh e m ig h t h a v e m o r e t h a n a c h a n c e a p p o i n tm e n t was f e t c h e d w h e n A n to in e t te , o n e c lo u d l e s s m o r n i n g a lo n e in th e h o u s e , was g iv in g v e n t to A ve M aria . S u d d e n ly sh e was in d u e t w ith a r u b i c u n d c o n t r a l t o . . . D an a . T h e r e a f t e r , p a r t i c u la r ly n e a r t h e fu l l m o o n , t h e p a i r o f th e m w o u ld o f te n p u t th e i r h e a d s back a n d how l to g e th e r . For s om e r e a s o n T e ss, t h e re t r ie v e r , f o u n d th e p e r f o r m a n c e in t e n s e l y d e p r e s s in g , a n d w o u ld s ta n d w ith h e r b a c k to th e m , t h e vacancy o f h e r gaze re f le c tin g th e em p t in e s s o f h e r d i n n e r bow l.

Easy to s u g g e s t we s h o u l d h a v e k n ow n t h a t e v e n t h e r u d e s t g o o d h e a l t h c a n m a s k a f a ta l k a rm i c u n d e r l a y . D a n a ’s t r u e c r e d e n t ia l finally p r e s e n t e d i t s e l f in s om e th in g b e a s t ly c a l l e d W o b b le r s D isease. I a s s um e d a t first t h a t th is was m e re ly to d o w ith h e r u n r e l ia b l e vibrato in th e C reg is te r . B u t no, th is was m o r e o f a te rm i n a l wobble. Even so h e r sp ir its r e m a i n e d h ig h a n d h e r a p p e t i t e r u d e . A n d o f c o u r s e A n to in e t te was th e r e — a n d so ab le q u i te n e a r th e e n d to s u p p o r t D a n a in w h a t w ith h in d s ig h t I r e a l ize was th e t r i u m p h a n t c lo sin g d u e t f r o m Cavalleria Rusticana. •

John Moat is a poet, a painter and a writer o f fiction.

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