Sunday, March 23, 2008
Toad is irritable and here is the story. One day Toad spots Snake riding his horse. Snake isn't the most graceful of riders; after all, he is a snake, and he can't sit up straight for long or use two hands. So Toad gives Snake some hints. He even demonstrates personally just how to ride like an expert. After quite a show, Snake gets back on his horse. But Snake shows no improvement. At this point, Toad loses it. He curses and gripes, "What a stupid snake you are! If you can't ride as I have shown you, you might as well not ride at all!" But Snake trots off, oblivious to Toad's tirade, murmuring to himself, "That may be, but the point is, I am the owner of this horse, not you." This African folk tale is the inspiration for my piece "Peevish Toad," an 8 by 8 inch linocut.