A Half-Van Gogh

By John L. Malone

He has just heard the news. He slumps, decides to act breezily.
“I am getting a half-Van Gogh,” he says over the phone.
“A half-Van Gogh? What is that?”
“You know how Van Gogh lopped off his left ear after a fit of madness, or so it’s claimed?”
“Well, I’m getting half my left ear, the lobe lopped off.”
“Why? Why would you do that?”
“It’s cancerous.”
“Oh dear.”
“You said you would love me even if I had half my face missing.”
“I know but …”
“Hello. Hello…”
Ring tone.

“I found this in the archives; thought readers might enjoy it.” – the writer

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