(A rather short
by Haim Kadman
descending the staircase with quite an amount of
optimism; Im still quite optimistic. But
the closer I get to that hideous little box my
optimism fades away. How can anyone expect a
letter when theres nobody to write to, and
nobody to answer it, if
hope though to revive ones heart, indeed,
one should always be hopeful although the
five tiny round dark holes in that box, are the
very proof that its empty.
A sudden outburst of movements takes place; a
bundle of keys is pulled out in frenzy. The tiny
tin door is almost torn off. Relax man! Slow
down and dont you tear it, the envelop is
open. Whats that? An invitation
Someone is getting married? A doubled and
honorable Mr. X. Oh, what a
delightful card, what a blissful moment!
Lets read it once again.
honorable Mr. X, you are solemnly invited hereby
to unveil the statue of naivety and innocence, at
the public square in the gardens of anonymity
do come incognito. What an
astounding invitation, what a treatment, I shall
have to wear my top hat.
The gardens of
anonymity paradise on earth, vast green lawns
stretched up to the horizon.
do I roam here, where does the ceremony take
place? Where are all the guests? I must
concentrate otherwise I wont get anywhere.
honorable Mr. X.
they are, a dark wall of human bodies and above
their heads rises a familiar figure of a woman.
Who is she? A Leonardos Madonna or a
Raphaels? Not at all, its some
familiar woman, as simple as all that.
honorable Mr. X, would you please unveil the
I ascend the
broad staircase all alone, me and my top hat and
nothing else. So what! Why should I be
ashamed? Big deal! Should I run about instead,
looking for a fig leaf? I ascend still but I
cant see any veil, a row of buttons
thats what I see
Do I have to
strip this woman in public? Where are all the
guests and where is that certain one, with that
caressing voice of his? Doesnt he wish to
tell me a few more things?
theres something Id better tell him:
Dear Sir, Id rather undress. Oh, what
a deplorable tongues slip. Id rather
unveil an abstract statue.
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