Monday, February 6, 2012

Lissa; Agnieszka

Lissa: seen on the Purple Line to Linden at about 8:40 a.m., Friday, January 27th, 2012 

Lissa’s pale face is dusted with sleep, especially her fluttering, long-lashed eyelids. If you catch a glimpse of her eyes, you can see the placid slumber swimming in her feathery gray irises. When she curls up on her side and calmly slips into the world of dreams, everyone else on the train glares at her, envious and disbelieving.

How can she fall asleep when the clunks and jerks of the train keep the rest of us awake? Just when our eyes gratefully close, so close to catching a few more winks, BAM! Besides, isn’t she worried about her responsibilities? We have classes to attend and jobs to fulfill. This girl is so hideously carefree.

Why has blissful rest chosen to wrap her in warm blankets, impervious to the tremors and distractions of the outside world? What makes her worthy?

Agnieszka: Seen on the Purple Line to Linden at about 8:30 a.m., February 6th, 2012

The bulk of Agnieszka’s winter coat emphasizes her hunched shoulders. She is crouched forward, gloved hands atop her metal cane. Every morning she wraps her head in a flowered scarf that was her mother’s. She is the very picture of wise old age, and yet Agnieszka is afraid. She often feels that her scarf is the only thing keeping all those feelings, memories, trials, and joys inside her mind. For her age may bring wisdom, but it also pulls away parts of her humanity. Food doesn’t taste like it used to. Her shaky hands prevent her from writing clearly. Sometimes she forgets that her husband is dead. When will age snatch away her wisdom, too?

Sorry it's been so long! The past week has been somewhat crazy. There was, for instance, the unexpected trip to the ER on my birthday (nothing serious--I just might have had appendicitis, but apparently not), and then there was all the birthday celebrating over the weekend--potluck, Delilah's, swing dancing, pin-up photo shoot, Chicago Cultural Center's "Morbid Curiosities" exhibit (DEFINITELY check that out), and The Woman in Black. It was a lovely weekend, and hopefully I can get the blog back on track now.

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