The Medicine Show Every summer, in the old days, they listened for a sound, when they heard the ratt'lin wagons, it was time to gather 'round. The medicine show they'd waited for was comin' down the road. The horses' labored breathin' told they pulled a heavy load. And when they pulled into the town the villagers looked on to see the show they'd waited for upon the village lawn. A horseback rider's daring tricks, it made the people gasp. A cowboy sang about his gal, his voice a whining rasp. A juggler kept half'dozen plates suspended in the air. A pretty girl in spangles danced with a big, black bear. Then, after entertaining with acting and with song, the medicine man began his spiel, and brother, it was long! "The elixir in this wagon you see lined up on the wall, is guaranteed to help your kidneys, yur liver and your gall. It cures a cough, it stops an itch, it eases aches and pains. It calms your nerves, it strengthens bladders, use it on your sprains." "Your horse's gimp, your husband's limp, ain't nothin' it won't cure. A dollar for a bottle; of course, it's a hundred pure. While we're here, might's well stock up; we'll soon be on our way. Only a dollar for a bottle; sech a little price to pay." Hard earned dollars changed hands, believing in its worth, caught up in the fevor, the excitement, and the mirth. Then, in a cloud of dust they watched the wagons disappear, and went about their daily chores, until another year. -Lillian Arnold Lopez "Pineylore"