AFTER THE GUN - III
'the anatomy of a toothache’
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After the Gun
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After the Gun
‘the anatomy of a toothache’
‘Look on yonder misty mountain. See the young monk meditating rhododendron forest’
– Donovan Phillips Leitch
Psychosis has its advantages. ‘Normal’ people often go to extreme lengths in order to
escape reality, enjoy sublime rushes of adrenaline, and fall into excitement riddled stupors
of mad joy. I get to do it all the time. Drug free.
I stopped taking my prescription weeks ago. Not sure why. Part of me just wanted to
know what I was running from. Sometimes numbing the pain just makes us more numb to
the reality we so deeply crave. ‘Pain is just a feeling’, he always told me. My experience has
been that the absence of pain does not necessarily equate to joy. Rather, feeling sun on a
cheek, even as it slowly radiates the skin; hearing another’s voice, that is incessantly
screaming profanities into your tear strewn face; knowing that all you are hearing is lies,
when all you ever wanted was to show that you care; all of these are overdue, over-rated,
and often replicated.
Things are going to be different this time. I have a plan. My resolve is solid, my
determination strong. I see the path before me, now I just have to make that first step. Make
the plan, work the plan. Make the plan, work the plan. Make the plan, see something shiny,
divert the plant, regret changing the plan, beat myself up and lose sleep because of the plan,
start working the plan again. Make the plan, work the plan. Make the plan, work the
(you have just been exposed to a heaping helping of the serial anthology known as ‘After the
Gun’. Do not be alarmed if you feel different after reading this. It is not necessarily the words,
but more that passage of time that inspires us to change, as well as causing extremely long hairs
to begin growing out of our ears. – b2)
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