WOMAN WITH ROOSTER
A 17 x 22 inch, black and white, museum-quality archival giclée print, numbered and certified by the Kathryn Tucker Windham family. Only 50 prints will be created of each image. You'll be the proud owner of a limited-edition print by Alabama's greatest storyteller.
She, whose name I do not know, wore such a hat as she walked along the country road. I nodded a greeting as I drove past. I had driven some distance before I recalled that she was carrying an unusual burden: she had a live rooster in her arms.
So I turned around and went back to ask if I could take her picture. If she thought the request strange, she did not say so. She posed with dignity and a fleeting touch of humor, holding the bird against her white shirt to dramatize his bright feathers. When I asked if I might give her a ride, she declined, saying, "I ain't got far to go."
I wish I knew what happened to the rooster. He appeared to be too young to be consigned to the stew pot. His colorful plumage (the golds and greens purely sparkled in the sunlight) and his long spurs bespoke game chicken ancestry, so he may have been on his way to a fight. Or perhaps a happier future awaited him as lord of a new chicken yard.
Whatever his fate, I wish I had a few of his feathers to decorate my own straw hat.
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–Wayne Flynt, Professor Emeritus in the Department of History at Auburn University.
Dilcy Windham Hilley
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