Magazine article The Antioch Review

Collegiality

Magazine article The Antioch Review

Collegiality

Article excerpt

A man takes off his glasses, after a hard day at work, squeezes his nose, and rubs his eyes so hard he scoops out an eyeball by mistake. He cups it gently, still attached to his face, goes out to the car, realizes he can't do it, calls 911. At the hospital, they prep his head.

His eyeball floats in a dish next to his head. What the hell have I done ? "What a day!" he jokes with the orderlies. "Never forget it!" They don't respond. Tears fill up his eyes. Oh, god, I can't cry! He wants to wipe his face, but he's afraid. Dear God, make it a mistake,

he prays, Please make it all a sad mistake.... Then he's out, and they start in on his head. "I don't even look," says one, "at the face. If I thought about it, it would ruin my day!" Another nods; above his mask, his eyes signal agreement. "Why I continue to do it,

I haven't the foggiest! Each day, I feel it: the constant ritual address of mistake. …

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