Here’s something I owe you!
Oh Mac, you really are a real man.
Hero of the beach.
He’s already famous for it.
The bully on the beach. The sand, the others watching. The withering words of his woman: Oh, don’t let it bother you, little boy.
There were legions of readers, there were armies of boys, there were countless humiliations, there were dreams of the new way, the new thing, the book. The Better Bow.
If there were just a different way
If there were just a better way
An extra turn of the knot, two turns instead of one, just a simple doubling of the turns, just a second turn, just a simple work out, just a few minutes every day, just one little change can bring about enormous changes oh Mac oh Mac
4. Senior Scarecrow Fiasco
There was a dream, there was a flight over the dunes and castles, you were flying over the sand and the bathers, over the bully, he’d pushed way harder than he knew, that you had indeed dried up, and blown away, there was really nothing inside the scarecrow body that you occupied, that there had been, a long time in your past, an art teacher job at a camp for senior citizens, and an ardor to delight and horrify the campers with German expressionist scarecrow-making classes (turning the vegetable and flower gardens into sets from Cabinet of Doctor Caligari), or Art Therapy painting and dance sessions that descend—or ascend—into ecstatic, Woodstock-style communions with inner angels or demons, naked under the full moon, or setting sun. There is a love-affair in there, as passionate as any younger coupling could be, and terror and cowardice and redemption getting a nature walk completely lost and panicked in a muddy swamp, with frail hearts and diabetic shock waiting to claim your charge of seniors, hopeless in the dark until your better bow prevails and you sing your way back to the trail, Cat Stevens and Neil Young over the rhythmic slaps at mosquitoes, and suction of boots marching through slough to bog to dry land, again.