by Joseph Armstead
(i) Signs and Symptoms
First a cough, then a fever, the waves come rolling in,
crashing against a dull and featureless shore,
fever unleashes the onset of dreams,
--- speak, cry out, tell someone, do not drown alone ---
the canon of Archibald Garrod: "our chemical individualities are due to our chemical merits as well as our chemical shortcomings..."
biopsy frequently and often with weak substantive explanation
(ii) Components in Initial Prognosis
analysis of morbid anatomy notwithstanding,
it is a crisis of biological individuality
by the inherited pathology of evolutionary selection
"...even in the molecular groupings which confer upon us our individualities..."
it is a management plan for a problematic soul
unknowingly cannibalizing itself
--- the diagnosis of exclusion begins ---
Draft One, Step One: Is it of environmental origin?
Draft One, Step Two: Can the bleeding be controlled?
Draft One, Step Three: Is it fatal?
Draft One, Step Four: Is it contagious?
If NO, resort to tried and true treatment options.
If YES, inviegle, distort, obfuscate and then, in privacy, pray.
(iii) Application of Curative Hypothesis
the pain begins as an ache and then a throb,
and then it erupts to eclipse all the world,
the fever invades the brain and blinds the mind's eye
stick 'em with something narrow and sharp
inject something expensive from your pharmaceutical representative
sound educated and confident
ignore their pain
roll the dice
The dreams cease and the pain lessens,
courage and a positive outlook,
combined with aggressive therapy,
help the recession
--- speak out, feel empowered, tell someone, don't give up ---
dialectics and rhetoric trump logical positivism
Tabulate the bill
... and the Piper is paid, the devil given his due ...