2015-08-21 / Top Stories

Batteries Not Included

Anatomy Of An Aftermath
By Robert Sarnoff

Sadly, the Heartless Brothers did nothing as is their wont. Stories about the homeless, how their families turn their backs, resonate.

Flesh and blood, dark meat, white meat, stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy, were served. No sides of caring, compassion. Nothing, no place was set for the two little boys. No leftovers for them, no milk and cookies.

These elder siblings and their ticking, by-passed, monitored, artificial, substitute, hollow muscular organs were programmed to maintain life. They purchased the pared-down, standard model. Batteries not included. No special options, no valves to pump love, compassion or caring were part of the deal.

“He ain’t heavy...he’s a burden. He ain’t heavy, he’s a burden. He ain’t...,” rhythmically beats.

“Expect nothing”, the elder by nine years once proclaimed. He was right. He was, after all, a man of these two words.

“Brother, Where Art Thou?”

What went through your fake heart?

He calls again, his voice barely audible, weak.

“How are you?” I ask him, out of politeness, and with some concern.

“I feel terrible.” He responds.

“What’s wrong?” I worry.

“I feel terrible about not having called all this time, inviting you... For Thanksgiving...”

Some dramatic words later, he begins to talk banal, trivial nonsense stumbling, bumbling, fumbling into bizarre blatheringworld.

So the two siblings kvetched, described their conditions, one can’t play tennis and one can’t fathom his behavior. Bad legs gave out, bad heart can’t feel, bad form, bad.

Last Exit before by-pass, last chance for a feelings transplant.

Let me introduce myself, I try to tell them, but it’s too late.

Word on the street, Beach 116th Street, is “Family is an ‘F’ word.”

Award-winning artist, filmmaker and author Robert Sarnoff’s Anatomy of an Aftermath contains his observations and perceptions of the storm and how it affected and is affecting the people of Rockaway. Mr. Sarnoff welcomes the submission of any tales, photos, poems, stories, or accounts that would create an interactive opportunity to communicate, share and become part of the cathartic process. Send all submissions to editor@rockawave.com.

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