First, Do No Harm…. Second, Do No Harm…. Third, Do No Harm….


Here we are in crunch time and it occurred to me: Why hasn’t the first principle of medical care itself – ”First, do no harm“ – not been the rallying cry of conservative, common sense opposition to federal takeover of health care? Not just rallying cry, but conservatives’ rhetorical cudgel-of-choice to wield against proponents of this massive (395,096-word) and [...]

Poetic Lunch Break


Miserere
Se Mercé fosse amica a’ miei disiri*
This fallen night the ancient girl
My hot agitated digits furled, and
These hands enjoined; they hailed her world.
Ave!

Yet flagrant grief incensed me.  Hence
I groped her gracious confidence–
Fessing high crimes that spurn defense.
Ave! Ave!

Silent condemnation thundered.
What whispered treaties were, were sundered
Into stupefied and wilding wonder.
O! O, ave!

Now blasted [...]

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Oedipus Song

Oedipus: The cresting road to Thebes I strode.
Two wounded feet my primal load.
My true father’s touch — a goad
This shepherd boy repulsed, there know’d.

Chorus of Angels: Unbound!

Oed.: The Sphinx’s tale once by me shorn,
The state ingratiated. My horn
The matrilineal sheath suborned.
Three future eclipsed stars were born.

Chor.: Unchecked!

Oed.: [...]

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