The Newtown Pentacle

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My Creek always welcomes my triskaidekaphobia.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Shlep, shlep, shlep. That’s my game. As an old Christmas cartoon used to musically opine – “put one foot in front of the other, and soon you’ll be walking out the door.” Why it is that when I leave the house I inevitably end up in places like this is somewhat mysterious. What draws a creature like me out into the public sphere in the first place, as I belong in a catacomb or dungeon awaiting unwary travelers like some great spider? All interaction with others is strained and painful for me. My countenance causes children to cry, dogs to yelp, and induces startled reactions from adults. When I begin to speak, the croaking notes and gurgling exhalations are often described as being scented by and carried aloft on a bilious breeze. If I could get away with it, I’d wear naught but prophet’s robes, but come close with the filthy black raincoat and hooded black sweatshirt. Every now and then I catch a reflection of myself in a shop window and even I’m scared at what I see.

I’ve arrived at an age where pieces are about to start falling off as if I’m some sort of a biblical leper. Truly objectionable am I, ask anyone. God hates me, but to be fair, that’s probably my fault.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

People have always enjoyed making an example of me, or holding me to a higher standard than others despite my low social status. As a child, I’d be sitting in a school auditorium reading a book quietly while my classmates were all acting like irradiated monkeys and pyromaniacs. The Principal would surmount the stage and scream “WAXMAN” into the loudspeaker, whereupon my daily humiliations would resume.

I can’t help it that I stand out. I was born this way. These experiences, and many more, have caused me to become quite “vengeance” based in my thinking. I’m going to make the world pay, and pay dearly, for what’s been done to me.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

My beloved Newtown Creek is the same way – reviled, ruined, lonely, lost. She and I have an understanding with each other, and since we are kindred spirits, the Creek never disappoints when I’m visiting. I feel like I should throw in a “verily” here.

Look at my sweetie, the way she opened the Greenpoint Avenue Bridge for me just as I happened to be passing by. She’s a good old girl, the Newtown Creek.

Enjoy your Friday the 13th, lords and ladies, especially so since there’s a full moon tonight. As a note, Sunday marks the “ide of March” as well as being National Egg Cream day.


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  1. “As a child, I’d be sitting in a school auditorium reading a book quietly while my classmates were all acting like irradiated monkeys and pyromaniacs. The Principal would surmount the stage and scream “WAXMAN” into the loudspeaker,…”

    Well there’s the problem. Why did you have to be different acting more like an emo septuagenarian bookworm than a normal, dysfunctional teenager? As should be expected, the nail that sticks up gets hammered down. Unless that happens to be your particular kink.- no judgments here.

    Sir, had you concentrated your efforts in simian hijinks and pyrotechnics, you should have easily made Arista through AP hypergolic chemistry and have been celebrated as a capital fellow. No doubt the faculty was exasperated at a young Humble Narrator’s chronic underachieving and lackluster efforts in juvenile delinquency. It would be best now to delude yourself by claiming you were a late bloomer as Dr. Who was wont to do.

    “…whereupon my daily humiliations would resume.”

    Should we cue up Venus in Furs? Strike dear principal and cure Mitch’s heart. Eh, I’d file that under TMI.

    “I’m going to make the world pay, and pay dearly, for what’s been done to me.”

    Ok boomer.

    “Look at my sweetie, the way she opened the Greenpoint Avenue Bridge for me just as I happened to be passing by. She’s a good old girl, the Newtown Creek.”

    Except when you’re cheating with the Gowanus canal, you dog….oops… sorry, wasn’t supposed to mention that.

    Anyway, yeech, why don’t you and the creek get a frickin’ room.

    Donald Cavaioli

    Cav

    March 13, 2020 at 9:57 pm


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