" I do Believe it's a coming! "
strike up a conversation in the
passenger lounge in Bozeman ,
Montana , while waiting for their
One is an American Indian passing
through from Lame Deer, another is a Cowboy on his way to Billings for a livestock show and the third passenger is a fundamentalist Arab
student, newly arrived at Montana State University from the Middle
Their discussion drifts to their diverse
Soon, the two Westerners learn that the
Arab is a devout, radical Muslim and the
conversation falls into an uneasy lull.
The cowboy leans back in his chair,
crosses his boots on a magazine table,
tips his big sweat-stained hat forward over
his face, and lights a cigarette. The wind outside is blowing tumbleweeds around, and the old windsock is flapping;
but still no plane comes.
Finally, the American Indian clears his throat and softly he speaks,
'At one time here... my people were many... but sadly, now we are few.'
The Muslim student raises an eyebrow and leans forward, 'Once my people were few,'
he sneers, 'and now we are many.
Why do you suppose that is?'
The cowboy removes his cigarette from his mouth and from the darkness beneath his
Stetson says in a smooth drawl . . .
'I reckon that's 'cause we ain't played
Cowboys and Muslims yet,
But I do believe it's a-comin.