Petition to an Authority
After the fence has proven inadequate, we erect screening walls made of concrete to a height of seven feet. For aesthetic reasons, in some places the concrete elements protrude into the corridor at random angles, thus creating bottlenecks that slow the flow of walking and sliding.
The high number of people passing through has surprised us. Some can move forward only by jerks, having a flat, footless bottom side like chess pieces. Even the smallest bumps can inhibit their transit.
We noticed that many individuals suffer from some kind of stiff neck and constantly look to the left or the right.
Furthermore, we reported several times that there are people, who instead of moving forward quickly, dig holes into the concrete elements with their fingernails, trying to get an unauthorized outside view. In some places parts of the reinforcing grid are already bare.
Some individuals, particularly the white-haired, jump into the air with cries of joy at certain points of the corridor, while trying to look over the concrete wall. It should be communicated to them beforehand that there's nothing to see. The only attraction in this area is the corridor itself.
"Are those gazelles?" asked my daughter once when she woke up in the night.
The people concerned should get their nails cut before entering the passage. Also, many have unkempt hair and whitewash on their faces which are already crumbling away.
We, the owners of the gardens behind the concrete walls and parents of the children playing there, would like to emphasize that, in spite of the inconveniences repeatedly brought to our attention, we wish to stay in our city and do not wish to apply for transit through the corridor ourselves.
About the author:
Rupprecht Mayer was born 1946 in the mountains south of Salzburg. After some 20 years living and working in Taiwan, Beijing and Shanghai, he resettled in SE Bavaria in 2012. He translates Chinese literature and writes short prose and poetry in German and English. English versions appeared in Agni (forthcoming), Connotation Press, Frostwriting, Hobart, Mikrokosmos/Mojo, NAP, Nano Fiction, Ninth Letter, Orange Quarterly, Postcard Shorts, Prick of the Spindle, Washington Square and elsewhere. For more of his work, see here.