Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Every Man Has A Flaming Cow



I should have posted this photo last night, straight across the street is where Dave stood, but not this day. Back in the day, we had painted cows all over the place. Then other cities did strange things like put painted bunnies and ducks around their own streets. The best variation of the theme I saw in Omaha: someone would paint a bus stop bench and a poet would add words only after the art was completed. Kind of like my man in the moon poem. At one point I had photos of several cows that had been scattered across downtown, and even in upper floors of certain buildings. Moo Are Here. A cow jumping over a moon, one with a transit map painted in exquisite detail on it. This is the only one I've saved. And it was the only cow that was stolen. It has been a hellish day, folks. One of those deep dive days that I get from my bipolar meds. I'll be better tomorrow and I'd rather be like this now than to be hallucinating about suicide windows for three days straight. Been filling out online forms for filing for SS/Disability. There should be a YouTube of my screaming at the computer screen because of the quirks of each particular section. Can I not just TYPE my state initials instead of typing IL and having it change to LA because you are supposed to SCROLL to find your state. Its two fucking letters, people. Like typing BTW for "by the way." C'mon now. Anyhow. This cow has helped me through bad days in the past, physical, mental, electromagnetic, gravitational, you name it. Wayne's Unified Theory of Bipolar Conductivity. Elvis once starred in a film called FLAMING STAR, and the title held a meaning, one of...doom! And so I will sometimes see the photo of the cow or think of it and sing (usually loud enough to frighten my border collie) Everyman has a flaming cow, a flaming cow over his shoulder, and ever man who sees that flaming cow, he knows his time, his time has come... and that's my anecdote for the night. Thanks for visiting the asylum. Leave the rubber mallets where you found them and the invisible night shift will take care of things....Your chattel, Wayne

7 comments:

Lana Gramlich said...

There are buffaloes like this all over Buffalo, NY (go figure.) Sorry about your keyboarding problems. Technology is not always "progress," unfortunately.

Wayne Allen Sallee said...

Well, its not the keyboard problems as much as me just being in pain and the more fucked up the process is the more tense I become, hence more pain. The screaming isn't bipolar, the burning nails I always have in my finger and neck when I type is what's making me yelp.

Charles Gramlich said...

In New Orleans for a while it was brightly colored fish. I don't see 'em around anymore. not sure what happened to 'em.

Sidney said...

Somebody's got a painted horse in his yard in a little town near Shreveport.

Capcom said...

Sorry to hear that you're feeling down and out today. Hope you improve soon.

Here in Knoxville they copied the idea with painted bears, since the black bear is a symbol of this area and the Smokey Mts. Kinda cute. Wish that I could paint one too.

Heheh, your and Elvis' songs reminded me of the song Lee Marvin sang in "Paint Your Wagon", but as....."I was boooorn under a flaming cow." :o)

Steve Malley said...

There are few problems in life which cannot be lessened by the presence of a hot-rod flaming cow...

Hope you're feeling better, buddy.

HemlockMan said...

That is one cool effing cow.

I think that I am going to go hiking tomorrow. I'm going freaking stir crazy here in the city. I must get out and into the woods. I'm trying to figure out where to go to hike. Somewhere with some steep slopes.