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A Shortening of Days

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5 days after NYC Election Day, Long Island City – photo by Mitch Waxman

The various potions that my Doctors orders procure from the Apothecary are a double edged sword.

On the one hand- I am proofed against the excesses of my basal nature and underlying health issues, on the other- I am rendered virtually helpless by plunging temperatures. Blood drains from my extremities at the slightest hint of cold, as the aforementioned drugs thin my blood from its natural Port Wine consistency down to a nearly clear Sherry. Induced hemophilia is also a side effect of these potions, and I must avoid sharp edges, or I might pop the balloon of my skinvelope. Normal clotting is suppressed by these medications, and a relatively minor injury could cause me to “bleed out”. I’m all ‘effed up.

As you read this whining confessional screed, the naked steel of winter has been unsheathed at last, here in the Newtown Pentacle.

Northern Blvd., Queens- photo by Mitch Waxman

The dramatic and life threatening health issues that I experienced 1,086 days ago resulted in an interesting psychological symptom. Since then, I tend to perceive time in terms of days, not years.

For instance, I am 15,451 days old, started this blog 188 days ago, and it is 13 days till christmas. I find this solar perspective an interesting vantage on the earth, although such compulsive fragmentation of time into manageable units surely signals some malign psychiatric process at work. This is a weird time of year for me, lords and ladies of newtown, harshly shadowed with reflections of- what life used to be.

Written by Mitch Waxman

December 11, 2009 at 4:01 am

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