Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Alarming Diagnosis




WRITING IN THE BUFF
http://www.writinginthebuff.net
asks for a very brief story (140 characters) based on the above illustration

ALARMING DIAGNOSIS!

Peter Pumpkin went to the doctor
With a sore tongue and a cough.
Said the doctor 'I don't want to scare you,
But your ears have fallen off.'
  (140 characters)


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CHRYSANTHEMUMS
(The stars before a cataract operation!)

I turned my back on Myopia
The great goddess of the eyes,
And sometimes the thought occurs to me
That it wasn't entirely wise.
How I longed for normal vision,
The crisp outline, the clarity,
I envied those with normal sight,
Resented the disparity.
*
She warned me, yes, she warned me,
Saying 'If that is what you choose,
Pay heed to the glories of my realm,
Consider what you'll lose.
Think of the Van Gogh effect,
Seen through eyes that are dimmer!
Think of the vast expanse of  sky
And chrysanthemums that shimmer!
Think of the kindness of the eyes
That look on the human face
And never see the blemishes
That healthy eyes can trace!
You'll say goodbye to streaks and swirls
And a mistiness that enhances!
You'll say goodbye to each mirage
That in the distance dances.'
*
'What do I care!' I snapped at her
'I want clear and perfect vision!'
'Right!' said Myopia, tartly;
'Oh well, it's your decision!'
I turned my back on Myopia
The great goddess of the eyes,
And sometimes the thought occurs to me
That it wasn't entirely wise.
*

4 comments:

Kay L. Davies said...

Love the pumpkin poem with the surprise ending!
Re Myopia: ever since I had my second cataract surgery, I've had to see a specialist every six months so he can check for detached retinas and/or macular degeneration, for both of which I seem to be at risk. O well, cataracts are the leading cause of blindness, so I'm glad to be rid of those.

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

SparkleFarkle said...

"Peter Pumpkin went to the doctor
With a sore tongue and a cough.
Said the doctor 'I don't want to scare you,
But your ears have fallen off.'"


To which Peter replies, "What? Did somebody say something?"

SJerZGirl said...

Uh oh! That must be a frightening diagnosis for anyone!! ;-)

Grandma's Goulash said...

No need for ambivalence on this one. Your pumpkin poem is hilarious.