I was flat on my back in hospital last week coming out of a spinal block and several quotes and ideas popped into my head.
Macbeth, of course - with an inevitability only to be expected -
There's nothing serious in mortality ...
- but I'm concentrating on the lack of serious.
Being recently diagnosed with a tumour, my sense of humour has been considerably sharpened. So too is Fate's - both the initial 'revelation' under local anesthetic, with the sound of 'jingle bells' (you need to think where the growth is spreading to get the full implication of that one) on the radio (strange music for the urologist I'd say) and then, recovering from the spinal block used for a more adventurous cutting expedition, to have to endure flat on my back without resistance more 'Christmas Cheer' - Angels are apparently singing - not about my plight I hope.
No, there is nothing serious in mortality.
The spinal block though was another Shakespeare moment.
I couldn't help but think of Titus and limb chopping. To have the sensation of legs but no feeling and no possible movement ... it is a weird, frustrating incomprehensibility of a sensation - I'll be coming to the play not too far from now and hope to explore a little that moment.
As regular readers of this blog will now understand ... my absence is fortold, but I do hope to get a bit further into the journey before the old antic pops his pin through brass.
And I promise to try not to be as self-pitying as Richard.