The Myth awakes and glides silently from its dark abode. Moving effortlessly through the night, it descends on a sleeping cowboy. The Myth sinks into the man and a Hero is born.
A tall stranger rides into town. At his approach mothers move their children indoors and storekeepers close their shops. He stops before the only saloon in town and dismounts. His spurs jingle in the stillness of the street as he ascends the pair of steps to the board sidewalk. All conversation is stilled when he pushes wide the swinging doors of the saloon. A pair of menacing toughs lounging at the bar take a special interest in the stranger. A look is exchanged between the pair and hands blur toward low-slung revolvers. Gunfire rips through the saloon, shattering the silence.
Pulling his hat low over his eyes, the stranger mounts his horse. He turns his mount toward the setting sun and rides slowly out of town. Behind him he leaves a pair of dead outlaws and a town free of fear.
© 1990 by the Board of Student Publications, University of Northern Iowa
"When Myth Meets Man: The Making of a Hero,"
Draftings In: Vol. 5
, Article 7.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/draftings/vol5/iss3/7