Jan 22 2015
…dressing up is done whether in imminent danger in an oncoming battle or a sickness or injury at times of peace.” – Wooden Leg, Cheyenne Warrior and Tribal Judge 1858-1940
While death is something we seldom joke about, my thoughts are not so dark today, and I was struck by a rather fanciful notion of warding it off. I’ve riffed on the idea of an apple a day helping to keep us healthy.
It occurs to me to wonder:
if I take care never to dress up,
might I substitute pajamas for the apple
that keeps the doctor safely in his place,
not needing to visit me? Would sloppy
unkempt appearance mean long life?
Or should I always greet the day
in my best dress, makeup carefully done
just in case it is time to leave?
CAS Jan. 22, 2015