Monday, August 28, 2006

Entry #69

The Man In The Moon
by David A. Tyler


I'm standing in the middle of a car on the N-train. The guy sitting in front of me is clipping his fingernails and they are flying haphazardly in various directions. Lovely.

I get off at my usual stop; grab a bagel (a schmear), some coffee, and head towards the office. I fumble with the snap-back-sip-n-save lid and the cup slips out of my hands, hits the pavement, and splashes scalding liquid up my side.

I bend over to clean the mess and I'm speckled with street-sludge residue compliments of a passing delivery van.

I'm now very dirty, coffee-less, and have no desire to go to work.

So I don't.

I walk up the street to Central Park, grab a bench, and lay down to take a nap. Trees and sun slide to the outskirts of my vision, and my entire world seems to collapse. I do the same thing every day, and I do it so I can afford to live for the next.

Today is different.

I nap. I get up. I eat. I get the paper. I go back to my bench. I read the paper. I nap. I get up. I'm hungry again. It's getting late.

Life has defining moments. My defining moment was over a hot-sausage and mustard in Central Park. The moon is full tonight, sends light over the entire horizon. Seems there is a whole other world out there, and the man in the moon is laughing at me... calling my name.

11 comments:

anne frasier said...

wow. very nice, david.

this line spoke directly to me:

I do the same thing every day, and I do it so I can afford to live for the next.

i loved the tone of the whole piece.

wonderful.

Linda Fort-Bolton said...

I like the simplicity of this. I agree with Anne, a nice way of describing our "day to day".

Jaye Wells said...

This piece is going to speak to a lot of people. I also love the self-depricating humor. Great job!

Joni said...

A breath of fresh air for the contest. Such familiar feelings. It's liberating to have them revealed in someone elses work. Awesome use of voice. Super job.

nicholas abbot said...

I liked the same line Anne did -- great switch in the meaning of the word "afford".

Jim said...

I like this - so mundane, yet so extraordinary.

Bhaswati said...

I bend over to clean the mess and I'm speckled with street-sludge residue compliments of a passing delivery van.

That made me laugh out loud.

The honesty the voice carries definitely makes it familiar for a lot of readers. Very well done.

Scott said...

Don't we all know what you mean. We all do what we have to, and to what end? I guess you've answered that.

Dave said...

Thank you all for such kind words... what a great way to start my day! Time to go get some coffee ;-)

bekbek said...

How many times have I got to the Interstate onramp on my way to work, and considered for just a moment going South instead of North, and just driving driving driving?

This is beautiful and truthful. I also love the sense of promise, that this day of breaking away from the grind has liberated the character, and everything will be different from now on.

Maybe I should go South one morning...

jason evans said...

I was mesmerized by this man walking out of life. I could see the momentum for such a thing. High marks overall.