Thursday, July 1, 2010

Eye, Eye, Eye!

As you can see, my black eye has now entered into the stage scientifically known as the Supremis Uglias, or, as it is more commonly referred to, the "Ugly as Sin" stage. Apparently, my eye is at last indulging in its lifelong goal to invade and conquer the right side of my face. The picture captures some of the ugliness, but owing to the lighting, you are missing out on seeing the full impact of the green and yellow spreading throughout my visage.


Well, there goes my chance of making my fortune with my face! (Unless Hollywood is looking for someone to play a hideous monster in an upcoming feature film.) It occurred to me yesterday that if I got a black eye on the other side, dyed my hair blonde, stole some clothes from a bag-lady, and went without showering or eating for three months, I could look like an Olsen twin!

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"Passage—immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins! Away, O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
Cut the hawsers—haul out—shake out every sail!
Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
Have we not grovell’d here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
Have we not darken’d and dazed ourselves with books long enough?

Sail forth! steer for the deep waters only!
Reckless, O soul, exploring, I with thee, and thou with me;
For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go, And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.

O my brave soul!
O farther, farther sail!
O daring joy, but safe! Are they not all the seas of God?
O farther, farther, farther sail!"

~Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"