Dallas Observer: El Tren de la Muerte

July, 2007
Dallas Observer

Elias dangles the dead iguana by the tail. His friends close in around him, watching hungrily. With a knife he slices through scaly green skin and peels it back to reveal bloody meat, dark red and glistening in the sun. Working quickly, he carves the lizard into sections—head, front and back legs, upper and lower torso—and drops the parts in a pan. Then he places it over the fire they’ve made near the train tracks. Sweat trickles down his forehead, stinging his eyes. The men are quiet while they wait for the lizard to cook. Sometimes they sing and tell stories, but for now they’re too hot and hungry. They sit and watch the fire.

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Best Feature of 2008 from Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, Livingston Finalist

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