Sometimes when I happen on the Stanford campus the air is yellow and dry, and eucalyptus leaves skitter by in the breeze, and I feel like Phlebas the Phoenician passing the stages of his age and youth in the whirlpool.
Texts and images copyright (C) 2022 Pauline Kerschen. Layout adapted from the Single A Tumblr theme by businessbullpen. The Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus) has zygodactylic feet, leaving X-shaped tracks with ambiguous direction. The Pueblo and Hopi used the X symbol to mislead evil spirits. Border folklore in the early twentieth century held that a roadrunner would lead a lost traveler back to his path. In Mexico the roadrunner is known as paisano, countryman.