Monday, December 17, 2018

Head Full of Garbage

No, I don't mean that my head is filled with metaphysical garbage such as propaganda, calumnies, hatreds, or the like... my head is literally, and I literally mean literally, filled with garbage. For some reason, last night might sinuses filled up to the extent that I could not breathe through my nose. I spent much of the day bundled up under the covers, mouth breathing like a... uhhhh... like a mouth breather. I did spend about twenty minutes shut up in the bathroom, putting the stopper in the tub and running the shower at scalding temperatures to simulate a poor man's steam room. After opening up the old nasal passages, I blasted my sinuses with my trusty neti pot.

In the meantime, I decided to cook a stew based on the Iberian classic olla podrida, having soaked some chickpeas overnight. Because of my sinus congestion, I went heavy on the spices- an overly generous shake of black pepper, several cumin and ajwain seeds, a whole head of garlic, five dried hot red peppers, four jalapeños, and a dried chipotle (I didn't have any smoked paprika, and wanted some smoky notes in the stew). Breathing in the steam from the pot was quite therapeutic, but I know why capsicum is used as a non-lethal chemical weapon.

Right now, I'm not nearly as congested as I was... my all-out war on my sinuses has paid off. I figure I will run the shower again, fix myself a hot toddy, using the bottle of Tullamore Dew I always keep on hand for medicinal purposes, and then bundle up again in a welter of covers. I need to clear the old head, and again, I mean that in the most literal sense.


mistah charley, ph.d. said...

1)i wish you a swift recovery

2)on metaphor - in an article at the nyrb daily blog, chris benfey writes:

One of the most influential twentieth-century poems in English appeared in Poetry magazine in April 1913. It is two lines long, or three, if Ezra Pound’s title is counted.

The apparition of these faces in the crowd:
Petals on a wet, black bough.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Thanks, mistah charley.