From BAMBOO RIDGE Issue Number 92, MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS, by Joe Tsujimoto
Triggers for September:
1. Thailand, eighteen months
2. it was a small event
3. I felt ill at ease in a suit
5. no one took up his offer
6. there was nothing I could do about it
7. then I am floating in the air
8. the vice principal
All the way up I pictured the cartoons that Mike had collected and tacked to his bedroom wall. He was about twelve at the time. One was of a man sitting outside at a small round table in front of a big window, which had painted on the glass: Café Disillusionment. The waiter, his posture upright, was standing opposite him. The caption read: “Your order is not ready. Nor will it ever be.”
In another cartoon, in front of the Café Déjà vu, a man is walking by the window and is looking at a man seated inside next to the glass, who is, simultaneously, looking at the passerby. They have identical, deadpan faces. Big eyes like white discs.
In another, a man in a long overcoat, holding a battered briefcase, stands with his back to us in front of a lobby map. An arrow point to a spot which reads, “Why are you here?”
Why are you there?
”Here we are,” said Sully.
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