He Recoiled

He has known for years that his mother
had glaucoma (he even recoils at how
the word sounds, almost onomatopoeic,
the glopping of sight) in both eyes. And
then in an eye exam he found out that
he, too, has it in one eye. He takes drops
religiously in the hope that they will
thwart the advance of the disease. As
time went on, his mother developed
tunnel vision. She had no peripheral
vision. Her vision narrowed and nar-
rowed to nothing but the narrowest
vision. He cupped his hands in front
of one eye making the opening smaller
and smaller and smaller. And then he
thought of the occupant of the Oval
Office and a dollar sign and the only
thing the occupant is able to see. And
then he thought of the TV ad which
uses the obnoxious lyrics, “I want it
all and I want it now,” and he recoiled
again.

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