All entries for May 2006
May 28, 2006
May 23, 2006
May 17, 2006
Anything can get lost –
Keys, wallets, bikes, even cars.
But trolley buses,
trolley buses don't get lost;
they have horns,
horns that link them to the heavenly cables;
and cables, cables that go around the city,
its ends inevitably meeting.
That's why bank robbers never hijack trolley buses – the effect would be like trying to escape on a roller–coaster!
Trolley buses go around the same route over & over again.
The beginning is pretty much the end.
A shallow person would call them 'limited', but I saw, I saw a trolley that got lost, a trolley that's obviously driven along the wrong wires and ended up in the part of the town it doesn't belong to. Trolley buses have souls too. They are freedom lovers, if not revolutionaries. I think they are like housewives; they'd get away if they didn't have to keep the order. They are sacrificing their freedom, breaking out from time to time.
Trolley buses remind me of people; people who think they have a choice, but really are just going along the cables, failing to break out.
When I'm in a trolley bus I become a part of it, a part of the monolith. The pedestrians no longer see me. They see a trolley bus instead. That makes it much easier for me to peep after them. I'm a people's person. People act much more liberally when they don't notice anyone watching them. They start sticking their thumbs into their blocked nostrils and pulling out long trails of shiny sticky stuff; they start gluing chewing gums onto lampposts; they even start walking funnily, subtly attempting to pull their pants or scratch their balls. At that moment I feel like I am god – the omni–seeing being that points and laughs at the ordinary pedestrians, content in the knowledge that I won't be punished for such mischief.
May 11, 2006
May 07, 2006
From Lapham Rising by Roger Rosenblatt
He takes a leak on everything vertical that is not human, including but not limited to trees, telephone poles, wooden posts, hydrants, and bus stops. "I'm going to own this town," he says.
Dear God: Do something. Even if I don't believe in You, why be petty?
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