A Life Passed Away

In Memoriam …

Truth Within, Shines Without

The call came at around at four in the early hours … There was nothing to be done except to let the emptiness take over completely. There is a journal entry for the day in winter when he and his wife came over and stayed with us.

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The cancerous outgrowth on left side of the face of this middling man, like an ugly uneven mass of mocking flesh, can be arresting. But the woman with him shares her trauma and harrassment with a scornful smile, interpersed with castdown sag and springing laugh. The haunted look in the man’s eyes would yield to poker faced cracks raising ripples of bubbling mirth. In between crippling chemos, with the last two to follow over next couple of months, we had a feast. The best of doctors have offered no hope of a cure, after relapse from earlier surgery. The old…

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