Minor headline in the news: Woman Mistakenly Pronounced Dead Found Breathing in Body Bag at Funeral Home. The woman may have been an octogenarian, but still. Apparently this is not such a rare occurrence. Now I wonder about the Lazarus story though a sealed cave is probably not as claustrophobic as a body bag. On a discussion thread about what to do when caught in a burning building, someone suggests looking for a plastic garbage bag, blowing as much air into it as you can, then tying it around your head as you look for a way out. You'd last perhaps five minutes if you take only shallow breaths; but then, the plastic would almost immediately melt in an atmosphere of intense heat. There are so many stories of people brought back from death or near death, or at the very least some kind of waiting room. I'm reminded of that scene where Voldemort hurls the killing curse at Harry Potter, whose soul splits in two— the Harry soul and the Voldemort soul. They're at this King's Cross Station platform curtained with light, with the Voldemort soul curled up under a bench like an emaciated fetus. It's hard enough to imagine dying of natural causes, let alone by asphyxiation, accidental or not. I'm reminded of that beautiful genius, Frederic Chopin: frequently ailing, he died so young—only 39. He had a great fear of premature burial; and so, before he passed, he wrote out a little note of instruction: As this cough will choke me, I implore you to have my body opened, so that I may not be buried alive. He wanted his heart taken out of his chest and buried in Poland. His beloved sister smuggled it out of France inside a jar, where it floated like a pickle marinated in cognac. It's said that once, he saw a small dog chasing its own tail around and around. This supposedly inspired the "Minute Waltz." You can see and feel the whirligig movement in the opening measures: it rushes and swells, picks up in pace, until it arrives, breathless and panting, at the end; but then it wants to do it again.