Perhaps misfortune begins with a ringing in the left ear. It moves on to issue bad weather: storms, extreme cold, thunder and lightning – before widening its scope to make room for an accident requiring surgery, a failed relationship, emergency dental work and a lost wallet. Beware – it will find you more easily if you convince yourself that it’s gone for good.
Maybe while holding your breath, you may get a chance to
throw a knife at misfortune’s chest, or kick it square in the jaw, sending it
flying backward into a pile of boxes. Either way it is one down, two to go. Yet
even as the darkness of all former unfortunate moments crowd together within you,
life itself presents you with a most mysterious gift. The world paints the world with light as snow
mounds melt to make way for crocus buds. No applause, no congratulations as
heavy sheets of spring rain feel surprisingly warm and refreshing on your arm.