A cock. A non-castrated capon. A cockerel. A reptilian, evil bastard.
His siren call would come before sunrise, echoing up the mountainside and back down again. And rush in, with piercing cock-a-doodle-do gusts into my room. My eyes, wide open, stare at ceiling. I shiver. The S.O.B. grabbed the psychological edge at 5:30 am.
His battle lines were indisputable. His was the coop. Yours was outside. You crossed the demarcation line, the clink of the metal hook on the dilapidated wooden door, and he was coming.
He attacked all comers. He feared no one. All generations buckled: Deda, Father, and his pubescent sons.
He could smell Fear. The perspiration would stream and thicken in the soft armpits tasked with gathering eggs in a red, long-handled, five pound Maxwell House coffee can. Good to the last drop!
His flock of fifteen continued foraging, unfazed by the battle preparations. [Read more…]