THE TREASURE OF SAN DIABLO
by Mack White
Suddenly the old man stands.
Feathers sprout from his arms,
and his face is that of a bird.
Startled by the old man's transformation,
the cowboy draws his gun.
But in an instant his arms and hands
turn into wings and he is unable
to hold his gun.
Both men are turning into birds.
When the transformation is complete,
they fly out the window of the shack
and soar into the night sky.
The old man's mind speaks
inside the mind of the cowboy:
"Follow me, and remember the way."
Eventually, they come to a cave,
and hover outside it.
"Inside is your treasure . . ."
The next morning the cowboy wakes up.
He is in the adobe shack, and he is a human being again.
He remembers the vision of the night before.
Excited, he goes outside
and mounts his horse.
The old man stands nearby, watching him.
"Adios," says the cowboy,
"I'm off to git' that treasure."
"Beware," says the old man, "it is unlucky."
"Not if only one of us knows about it," says the cowboy.