Thursday, February 22, 2007

The rippling clean surface of the colon, moist and crisscrossing with fragile red threads feeding unbroken pink is the prettiest thing I’ve seen in a long time. As the scope moves quickly, sci-fi images on the monitor take you past turns and loops on a swift walk through the innards. No ugly white mass, no tubes joining up unnaturally where they shouldn’t, we are fine. Now for the next step.

The consultation fee is very Armani. For once, I’m shellshocked.

Dawn. The pipal tree outside slowly chirps to life with busy sparrows. Can’t help but notice a delicate green shoot outlined against the rough cream exterior of the next door flats. As we wait our turn, a flock of pigeons settles demurely on a terrace parapet. One is all-white, a happy rebel.

20 comments:

sanguine said...

all well na ?

e said...

hope so....

PipeTobacco said...

Austere:

I too see beauty in the image you speak of. Thank you for your imagery in words.

You have posted "no comment" on my site. I am unsure if that means you are angry about my post or something else.

PipeTobacco

austere said...

sanguine- well, on track.

e- yes, I hope so too.

PT- sir, the comment means that I do not think very much of your idea of self abnegnation for lent, in giving up your pipe.I do not think the good Lord quite specified that.
It *is* a lovely image, isnt it?

sanguine said...

hey, i am sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo sorry abt the call yesterday nite ... i just didnt realize the time.
you dont like me anymore na ??
:)

austere said...

Nahin i felt GOOD ki you cared enough to call.

Ten thirty is cinderella time, kya karen...zzz time.

I don't like you anymore, just like you very much very more.

PipeTobacco said...

Austere:

Thank you for your message about Kipling. I have read some of his work but had not been aware of that poem. It is beautiful!

Rudyard Kipling, himself, was a pipe smoker. I recall during my youth, reading biographies about him and specifically recall reading about he and and his father (also an avid pipe smoker) discussing pipes, tobaccos and cigars. It reminded me of my own times with my beloved father.

PipeTobacco

abbagirl74 said...

I guess I am late on commenting. Sorry I have not been by in awhile. I have had computer troubles. How are you?

austere said...

PT- it seemed apt, sir. :)

abbagirl- Not great, but Ok I guess. Good to have you back.

Cherie! said...

Ref your last post ...tc okay?

E said...

*quick hug* for the 24th Feb post Austere.

austere said...

cherie- a eureka moment. as the great poet said, " jo beet gayi wo baat gayi". it just hit home.

e- ty

Anonymous said...

online nathi dekhata. aa kaune karavi. tabiyat barabar? fretting a bit. mail karsho?
-ritu

Proxima said...

Ah, you too suffer your own malaise.

Armani prices we cannot afford. Are we to waste away like the dogs in the streets?

We shall drift like two buoys near, in an uncertain sea. Tethered to hope I'd like to be.

-P

Shiv said...

What happened? Why a colonoscopy? and for whom? For whoever it is , may it remain the way you described.....

austere said...

proxima- tethered to hope, lovely expression adn I can see bouys bobbing away merrily...

shiv- how are you? how was the operation? how is the patient doing? For my 84 year old Dad.meds for now and then maybe surgery, which I'm not too happy about.Maybe its Aries season, huh?

PipeTobacco said...

Austere:

I am sorry to hear your father has been having the colonic issue. I hope that all stays homeostatic and surgery is unnecessary.

May I ask... for some reason there is no comments section for your most current post. Is that intentional or is there some issue I do not know in how to get that option?

If you get time, I have posted more about Lent as well, especially because you have asked. Thank you for the request.

PipeTobacco

mago said...

A whim - life's a whim, sometimes fun.
You're allright?

austere said...

PT- It was my sister's birthday. She would have been 35. I didn't want to explain much, the issue was too personal, so much of time has passed the disconnect threw me off. About the surgery, will know in a fortnight, too early to say as yet how the response to medication is.

mago- well, overall I'm good. Nice sunny day in Mumbai, and issues more or less under control. How about you?

driftwood said...

Hope Dad feels better soon, Austy.