Letter: Painted Pony Caucus welcomes new caucus

We were so sorry to miss the Board of County Commissioners meeting Wednesday! We were ready to go, but then Winston rolled in something unspeakable, and we thought we’d spare the packed house.

Since we don’t have a TV, we relied on tweets from friends watching the show, so we don’t have 100 percent (or even 20 percent) of the facts, but since that doesn’t seem to be an obstacle to having a big opinion these days, here goes:

At Painted Pony Caucus, to keep our discussions focused, we have a rule that each person or animal has to use literary references to make his or its point.

Stanley felt the whole split evoked William Butler Yeats’ “The Second Coming”: “Things fall apart / The center cannot hold / Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.”

Marley countered with “Lord of the Flies” — i.e., whenever you get a bunch of kids with no adult supervision, they immediately create “us” and “them” tribes, and someone is bound to get hurt (Piggy).

Stanley, feeling he had a theme going, stuck with Yeats. The meeting, he said, was a classic example of “the best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.”

Milli resorted to his go-to, William Shakespeare. “All it shows,” he sighed emphatically, “is what fools these mortals be.”

Everyone agreed and then went back to eating hay.

One of the goats noted that the commissioners ruled in favor of the person who took them out to lunch — “Well, duh,” she observed.

In animalia, veritas!

Kevin Patrick Ward

Old Snowmass