The Newtown Pentacle

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– photo by Mitch Waxman

Admission that Malthus was probably right in adopting a dire tone is offered, something which occurred to me while sitting in a dank concrete bunker and waiting interminably for a Manhattan bound Subway. The worst of all possible situations – alone with my own blasphemous and fever inducing thoughts. Racing phantasms leapt about behind my brow, as train after train exited Manhattan moving east. Each electrically powered chain of metal boxes which entered and left this dripping subterranean bunker seemed to be full of humans, but it is impossible to say with certainty who- or indeed “what”- might have been cradled within.

Finally, a cyclopean shape appeared in the distance of the cement corridor.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Realization that the alloyed conveyance proceeding in the particular direction desired by one such as myself was at hand resulted in a humble narrator sitting uncomfortably amongst the many. Judgement and condemnation was surely brewing in their minds, as furtive glances revealed hostile stares. At the other end of the car were a group of teenagers, and I was reminded of media reports describing the peer group’s outré and often violent delinquency as well as rumors detailing their drug fueled rampages. The practice of running rampant is prevalent in the youth of these degenerate days, after all.

Toward the corner which I faced, an older woman was knitting, just a bit too nonchalantly for my taste.

Perspiration began to drip coldly down my back, which was fully hidden beneath a filthy black raincoat which smells of sewers and wood smoke, and my breathing became erratic.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Imminent, waves of sudden panic eliminated my desire to enter the Shining City of Manhattan onboard this crowded contraption. One departed this underworld, carven into the marshy soils of Queens itself, to once more gaze upon the greasy skies of Long Island City. Standing in a small patch of transmission oil and shattered glass, as a castaway McDonalds bag found its wind blown course to my leg while some strange but obviously relieved inebriate urinated into a phone booth, calm reason once again overtook me. Home, at last.

Down in those concrete catacombs, how can one ever know what horrors are of the mind alone or hint at what there may be that is lurking down there?

Written by Mitch Waxman

March 14, 2013 at 12:15 am

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  1. “The Bronx is up and the Battery’s down. The people ride in a hole in the ground.” A few years ago I had 2 relatives visit me from Europe – a distant cousin and her daughter. They were waiting for the subway at the Northern Boulevard station on the R train. Sitting on a bench waiting for the train to arrive when a rat scampered along the wall behind them and then through their feet and onwards. “New York, New York. It’s a helluva town.”

    georgetheatheist . . brutally honest

    March 14, 2013 at 12:50 am

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