Down Town East Side Eagle Feather
It has been a long time since an eagle feather came to me. The last time, and first time, I was walking along the beach with my mother when she found a golden eagle feather. It was truly majestic, and she gave it to me. I was probably thirteen or fourteen.
As you know, it’s illegal to kill eagles, so getting a real eagle feather is a pretty special thing.
Present day life in Strathcona, I go on a very long voyage on foot to buy pot for a friend, I wind all the way through the hinterlands of East Van, down Commercial Drive, up to a street corner where I meet the dealer who has been developing a rather amusing infatuation. Then I hop on the Freetrain back to my neck of the woods, risking a fine just because my feet are tired. I arrive back at the apartment building, when what do I see, but an eagle feather. Not majestic, but noble nonetheless.
We have a pair of bald eagles in the neighborhood, so it could have come from them.
Or, as my friend pointed out, fallen off of some Indian.
Either way, a sacreligious reward for walking so far, mighty halfbreed, to score drugs.