Wordz by Alfred Balcon
Tuesday morning. Cartier Metro.
It felt weird getting down the
stairs in the subway today, trying to catch the morning train to get to work
I made it in just in time before the
doors closed, feeling trapped like a mouse in a cat’s mouth.
The feeling got even weirder once I
was confined in the small transportation space with all these strangers. Heavy
winter coats and backpacks of careless students did not help the matter either.
I felt as if all eyes were set on
me. Like a vulture scanning a prey. But why? I was not dressed differently than
either other day. And I even had my favorite perfume on, the one that got me
all those nice comments last week-end at my friend’s book launch.
Since there was an empty seat right
in front of me, I decided to sit down. The man sitting next to me was sleeping,
probably lost in some digital dream, a set of earphones plugged in his hearing
I took a deep breath, sat up
straight and decided to take a good look around me. Nothing had changed.
Everybody was still staring at me, or should I say at what was being held
between my two sweaty hands.
Oh my God! I was simply holding a…
A real BOOK. Not a digital one, but
a real BOOK made out of paper… Burroughs in wordz.
What was so horribly wrong with that?
A quick look at the crowd
surrounding me made me realize that I was the only one with such an archaic
device in his possession.
Everybody else was holding some sort
of an electronic gadget in order to get informed, to listen to muzik or to just
Drowning in a pool of megabytes.
Different. Inferior. Even borderline
I felt so sick to my stomach…
As the doors opened at Jean-Talon
Metro Station, I tried to get up, my stomach slowly starting to send the rest
of the body signals that the greasy breakfast ingested early on was soon to be
recalled outside of its walls, but I was forced to stay seated by what seemed to be two strong
Suddenly, THEY started to get closer
to me. Closer. So bloody close.
I wanted to scream, but they all
belonged to the same cult. It was no use.
A millions fingers started to tear
up my coat…
Until they could reach inside my
It seemed as if they were ALL
looking for the same stuff.
The invading hands abruptly switched from the front to the back of my torso.
And a few seconds later, everything
stopped moving. There was a deadly silence.
Their hands quit their insane bodily
search cold turkey…
They had found whatever the fuck
they were looking for.
I felt my skin being pulled.
Stretched. But it did not hurt.
An unknown button was unexpectedly pressed in my back…
I passed out as the lights went off…
When I opened my eyes again, I was
one of them…
Karnet 219 / BOT 2015.1
Me I Disconnect From You / I Die : You Die - Gary Numan
Labels: BOT 2015.1, Station 2 Station