Monday, November 1, 2021

Annals of Gut Punching

photo: Francis Levy

An assailant is likely to drop you with a well-placed kidney punch. The net effect is to find yourself on the floor gasping for air. You may recall the feeling when you were rough-housing as a kid and were totally winded by a blow from some kid in the schoolyard. Words can produce a similar result if they’re well-chosen and perfectly aimed say at your funny bone. It's like a red light or railroad crossing gate. The brain is hit with an electrical storm which makes it difficult to think. Actually, you may be stopped in your tracks in a perfectly pedestrian conversation. You’ve undoubtedly found yourself talking to someone who just casually mentions they’re going to leave their partner, go to San Francisco to “trip” under the Golden Gate, join a terrorist organization or drink bleach to protect themselves from Covid. Come again. Did you hear what you thought you heard--that someone you thought you knew now supports The Big Lie? You gulp and try to get your bearings. Your first impulse may be to run away and solve the whole problem by removing the offending Retrumplican from your life. Then you relax and think about it. You calm down and find some solace in the knowledge that you don’t ever have to see them again.

Read "MAGA and the Coronavirus" by Francis Levy, The East Hampton Star

and listen Brenda Holloway's "Every Little Bit Hurts"

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