Thursday, September 13, 2012

Mail run over Brooks Range

                ((Point Lay & Atuaska Alaska) (6/1996))

Dr. Siluk under the wing of the plane, Point Ley, Alaska 6/1996

I looked down at the unfriendly ground, everything smelled fresh and
       newly washed: brown, and white, and the pilot Aaron—an  Alaskan-Russian from Barrow, chased a solid mass of caribou, across Brooks
       Range; we were to them: steel death over their heads, hysteria, as Their tails and hoofs and horns, trotted, then leaped and galloped as the 
       small aircraft buzzed, and whistled and strutted like an angry crane Bobbing and fanning, jaggedly in the sky, overhead.
Aaron, he was bootlegging, while carrying the mail from Barrow, to Point
    Lay, and then onto Atuaska!...
He per near whispered: “I got a case of Jack Denials, $250-dollars a
       fifth,” that was eighty percent profit.
The aircraft touched down, as a group of the Inuit character, a stirring
       account of the Eskimo,  —dressed extraordinary, a symbol of the far-North of long ago, stood awaiting—; said Aaron, as they slowly walked  
       up to the aircraft, opened the door, with an enduring smile, “Hello Chaps, I got some sweetener for you all, and a little mail,” which was a
       package very small.”
As we took off for Atuaska, the tundra, was lightly brown and green,
       thin it seemed—wet and heavy, and the sun was lightly bright, but The day was gray—; once in Atuaska, it was all so brown, muddy and yellowish brown, with tall 
       telephone poles along the road…and they were waiting Likewise, and they got their sweetener Too!

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