Half Burro Half Mesquite by Carlos Leonardo Najera de Madrid

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Carlos Najera (1908-1999)

          Many people have asked me how it was I got to be so old. And I have answered it is because I am mestizo, half burro half mesquite.

          I was born on a hill in the state of Coahuila. My mother got sick at the time and could not breast-feed me. There were no milk cows around. The family had a goat but I could not drink goat milk.

          There I was crying like a baby, I was hungry. There was a cow out in the field with a baby calf. She was a range cow and would not let herself be milked. It was starting to become an emergency and then a worker at our home had an idea. There was a donkey there walking around our patio with her baby colt. The donkey didn’t seem to mind helping me out. It worked out okay. I got to like donkey milk and it did me good because here I am to write about it.

I grew up drinking donkey milk for a long time after that. When I was able to walk I would go outside and play with the other little colt. I was in luck for I was just about the right height to walk under the mama and help myself. The mama donkey didn’t seem to mind sharing with me. Sometimes the colt and I would both be drinking milk at the same time. I remember the mama looking first at her own baby and then turning around and looking at me.

“I don’t remember having such a strange looking pair of twins, but oh well.” She seemed to be thinking.

The Mama donkey would lick me after trying the feed myself. She did that to her own little baby donkey as well. So, I grew up smelling a lot like a donkey and a lot like mesquite. That part of Mexico is desert and there wasn’t much for a donkey to eat there but tender mesquite shoots. That donkey had all our mesquite trees chewed up as high as she could reach, I even tried to munch on  little shoots myself.

And that is why say I am mestizo, half donkey and half mesquite.

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About jedwardnajera

I am a Poet. I live the life of a poet. I am an artist, a member of Gallery 9 in Los Altos, California. I published a novel Nena the Fairy and the Iron Rose, available through Amazon Books. I spent over thirty five years in a classroom. My father kept a living record of his lifetime as he lived through the Twentieth Century. He was born in 1908 and almost lived long enough to see us enter the new millennium. He was a mechanical engineer and had a wonderful love of history and science. He entrusted to me nearly 400 pages that he wrote through the years. He wrote in Spanish and I have spent six months translating these pages into English. Now I am in the process of editing, rewriting, and revising them. I am trying to post a new entry or chapter each Friday. Check in on us at least once a week for the latest post.
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One Response to Half Burro Half Mesquite by Carlos Leonardo Najera de Madrid

  1. gpcox says:

    The picture here is missing, did you happen to delete photos from your media gallery?

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