Spartan

Nick Masesso, Jr.

“If you see me coming better step aside. A lot of men didn’t, a lot of men died. One fist of iron; the other of steel, if the left one don’t getcha, then the right one will” – Sixteen Tons –Tennessee Ernie Ford

Hippocrates first described it in 460 BC when they called it “the old man’s friend”; since death was often quick and painless when there were many slower more painful ways to die. Before the advent of antibiotic therapy and vaccines in the 20th century, if you were prostrate on a gurney and the man in the white coat told you you had it, that was your ass; similar to hearing the words “terminal cancer” today; only terminal cancer usually gives you eighteen months; with pneumonia your lucky if you have a couple of days.

I have an ongoing dance with the devil like…

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About circusinpurgatory
Nick Masesso Jr’s fictionalized short stories, poetry and prose have been published in the Starry Night Review, Elegant Thorn Review, Language and Culture.net and Vagabond Press; the Battered Suitcase. His latest book “Armor of Innocence” and first book “Walking the Midway in Purgatory, a Journal” are available on-line and through bookstores.

2 Responses to Spartan

  1. John Broderick says:

    nick – I just got around to reading my e mail and i am really glad you came thru a patch of ill health. in my old age of 76, i cannot afford to lose anybody, much less a friend. keep on trucking! johnh b.

    • Thanks Big John; this was the best message I’ve received in a long while.

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