The Parable of the Breathing Tube

  “You won’t even know it’s there,” said the surgeon. “My brother-in-law sure did,” I replied referring to the incident in the ICU which I witnessed. AS he was coming out of his sleep, he became aware of the tube down his throat and began struggling with it so violently that he had to be held down while he was put back to sleep. “You won’t even be aware of it,” the surgeon said, “and if you are you won’t remember.” I decided to go with that. In the end you have to put your faith in something. Still, some … Continue reading The Parable of the Breathing Tube

The Box

  When people speak of a fine mild day In the middle of winter or of an unexpectedly Good news day   They say it is one ‘out of the box’. What box is it? I wonder. It can’t be Pandora’s because nothing good   Comes from there. So what box is it? What repository of munificence does it Contain — the cure for cancer, the secret   Of happiness, a store of endless wealth, A reunion with our lost loved ones? and where can it be found?   Can one break into it? Does it have a secret code? … Continue reading The Box