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The Short Form

“Papa, Snake & I”

Luis Bernardo Honwana

Excerpt

Mama was going to object, but Papa clutched her shoulder firmly. “It's nothing, Mother, but you know, our son believes that people don't mount wild horses, and that they only make use of the hungry, docile ones. Yet when a horse goes wild it gets shot down, and it's all finished. But tame horses die every day. Every day, d'you hear? Day after day, after day — as long as they can stand on their feet.”

Mama looked at him with her eyes popping out.