It Could Be Worse It Could Be Raining by Judge Santiago Burdon

Punk Noir Magazine

It Could Be Worse It Could Be Raining

Up, out of bed 3 pm Saturday San Jose Costa Fucking Rica, I can smell the rain with a mixture of car exhaust and diesel fuel, gray skies gray world, just the Gods reminding me what a hangover looks like, the storm has already saturated the city, flooding streets and low lying areas, the smell triggers my olfactory memory machine to recall fond thoughts of Mexico City, resulting in a smile that occupies what feels like my entire face,  replaced quickly with a grimace from the pain of this cancer eating away at me like alligators gnawing from the inside out.  

The Gods, hilarious bastards yuckin’ it up at the joke they have perpetrated, I could have contracted Lung Cancer, I’ve smoked everything that can catch fire, Liver Cancer, the fish drink like me. Quote from a past love Christina. I drink like a fish I once stated, “No Santi the fish drink like you”, Cancer of my blood, I’ve shot and tried to shoot everything that would dissolve in water, even cough syrup with codeine as well, Stomach Cancer no, never been a big eater, the thing I enjoy most Sex, so I get diagnosed with Prostate Cancer. 

Those of you thinking Karma, kiss my ass, you people piss me off more than christians, as though there is some cosmic cloud waiting to rain down retribution for malicious acts I may have performed during my present or past life, now I am really agitating myself, past lives what a myth,  Karma was created to pacify the Egos of those who are not willing to fight back.

Bad luck the culprit maybe, luck doesn’t exist good or bad, it’s just the consequence to an unforeseen event, nothing more, there are those that need to believe in some mystic force, an omnipotent deity  controlling their destiny, you think I’m coming off a bit self righteous do you, demonstrating my best character flaw. 

Andrea calls often to check up on my condition and has accompanied me on a few IMRT sessions at the hospital but didn’t like seeing me in that way so she stopped coming. Usually  she calls shortly after I’ve injected a massive dose of morphine and I’m too high to carry on an intelligible conversation, when I do attempt to speak I drift back and forth from English to Spanish then French causing her to laugh, her voice temporarily slaps me back into cognizance, screaming:

” Español Bigotes! Porfa Espanol”  

I once asked her to dedicate five years of her exclusive affection to me in return for a sizable inheritance, assuring her I wouldn’t live that long, she declined graciously with a passionate kiss, her hands cradling my face.

” Mi amor tu sabes no hay nada que pueda matarte. Me temo que me sobrevivirás y solo tengo treinta años.”  ( My love there is nothing that can kill you. I’m afraid you will outlive me and I’m only thirty years old.) I had just celebrated my fifty-sixth birthday and that was eleven years ago when I made my request,

she has never asked me for anything except during moments of passion, I’ve attempted to convince her she does love me only she just doesn’t know it, evidently falling in love with a man like me is a risk she isn’t willing to take. 

I’m out of coffee, cigarettes and morphine, exiting my place with no umbrella, off to the Pulperia and Farmacia, the prostitutes flash their twenty dollar smiles and Los Bichos de Calle (street insects, bugs) are out early searching for Rocka Tocka (crack), the deluge increases its intensity, the sky crackles with lightning, it could be worse, it could be raining.