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Invincible

 

by Bob Tomolillo

 

 

 

When you're invincible, the doorbell always rings and you're never alone. Your stature guides you . . . it's everything. . . . Like when the clerk never questions you when you return items that you bought months ago and without surprise, you are  leaving the store with lots of free stuff.

 

You are respected by your peers.

 

When your wife drops an object in the sink and jams the garbage disposal an hour before your guests arrive, you launch into hyper-plumber mode and after a few turns of the broomstick, dislodge the bottle cap from the drain.

 

You respect life.

 

The groundhog, that was allowed refuge under the porch, rears up on its hind legs, eating the stale bread and peanuts that you threw out in the snow. 

 

You are compassionate.

 

Without hesitation, you move out into the street toward the hysterical woman who is chased and beaten about the head in plain view. Although the man doesn't understand your language, he stops hitting her because he knows you are invincible. 

 

You accept your fate.

 

When your kidneys failed, you faced the inevitable. After the operation, you learned a family member had secretly donated an organ so that you could live

. . . because you are invincible . 

 

 

 

 

Bob Tomolillo began his career during the burgeoning of the print workshops in 1970. He worked at Impressions Workshop in Boston and at The Printshop in Amsterdam, Netherlands . He holds a B.F.A. from UMass, Amherst, and an M.F.A. from Syracuse University. A faculty member at the F.A.W.C. in Provincetown, Mass. and member of the Boston Printmakers since 1983, his lithographs are included in collections here and abroad. In 2009 he was the co-winner of the first Dayton Arts Museum International Peace Prize for his  lithographic images and "Think Peace"  poster design. He has written articles on printmaking with a feature in the Print Alliance Journal, "Art and Politics," and recently contributed his writing to Literal Minded, Orange Alert, Shine Journal, Askew Reviews, Glossolalia, Blinking CursorBap QLunarosityIcelandic ReviewWords Undone, Writers Billboard, First Writers Magazine, Milspeak, Subterranean JournalSouth Jersey Underground, Cavalier Magazine, Visual Overture, and Spilling Ink Anthology.

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