Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The Devil's Right Hand

Yesterday I saw Manuel for the first time since he was shot. His face was grotesquely swollen, a huge scar extended from ear to ear where surgeons reconstructed his jaw. His mouth was partially wired shut. A plastic breathing tube stared at me from his neck. His eyes still smile. Somehow he is able to speak, nonetheless.

Manuel told me doctors removed a bullet from his jaw bone, another remains lodged in his collarbone and a third passed through his right forearm, breaking the bone in the process.

His account of the event differed remarkably from that of Jesus.

I still don't know what happened.

What I do know is that a very dear friend came close to losing his life and remains disfigured for no good reason.


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  2. my worker too was just recently shot don't know details but happy is not dead .

  3. Glad to hear Manuel is on the mend. Sorry about your scorpion sting(s) but who knows, maybe you're building up a tolerance. I'm going to have to look up those zipper peas you mentioned in another post too... never heard of them. My black-eyed peas have been struggling mightily in the drought but there may be enough to replace my seed.