Zero Gravity

By McBride, Mekeel | The Nation, March 13, 1995 | Go to article overview

Zero Gravity


McBride, Mekeel, The Nation


The storm gets in my phone and when I lift the receiver I can hear a polar bear scratching the sky open to make more snow. But then the repairman arrives in a red shirt and climbs the pole and it looks just like the right-sized rose has bloomed on the wooden stem.

He gets all the bad weather out of the phone and it doesn't take him long either. Comes into my kitchen, very quiet, to computer-check the line. Just what you would expect from someone who goes to the place where all the words have stopped and installs there a river that can disobey the strongest dam.

Even indoors, the repairman swims in wind, in all of this, a bright bouquet of wires in his hand. You'd have to hold a lot of silence in you to do this job right. As he's finishing up, he asks about the aquarium near the phone then says, softly,

"I like them so much, the fish, that in summer I go out to the deepest part of the river - that's where they are - and I am simply with them. …

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