Copyright © 2010 by Antonio Enriquez Digital, Philippines
Dance a White Horse to Sleep & Other Stories
Asia-Pacific Series, UQP, Queensland, Australia, 1977 Reprinted, Giraffe Books
by Antonio EnriquezWhen everyone is taking his siesta, an afternoon nap, Nonoy slips out of his room and goes down to the vacant lot.Instead of the shortcut through the fence, he takes the long way tothe street, going down the foot-worn path flanked by an old barbed-wire fence, with holes here and there, along each side of it,made by stray dogs and pigs. He goes along the footpath so thatwhen he comes to the vacant lot he will come up from above theneighborhood kids instead of from behind. His slippers lift puffs of dust in the vacant lot, as he quietly approaches them.Their shoulders hunched stiffly forward, Maria and twokids, who came from the cocalan (coconut lot) neighborhood arehuddled together, squatting, on their heels. Nonoy says to the neighborhood kids: What is you doing?