I received a flyer in
the mailbox. A Dutch mail company needed a new mailman to deliver mail in
my neighborhood. I needed new clogs, and a job like this.
Not too long ago I had almost died and because of that I had to quit smoking
and because of that my body had begun to grow. It is very depressing if your
body begins to grow. It is as if it isnt your body anymore. I was incarcerated
by fluttery meat. I needed new clogs and a reason to move my tired butt. I
pictured myself like a mailman. Paid to walk and paid to lose weight. Paid
in rain, in
sunshine, and in blizzards
I imagined myself wearing a shiny red raincoat
with a logo of Dutch Mail on it. I imagined myself with a red rubber mailbag
stuffed with stacks of envelopes. I pictured myself gasping for breath, but
cool in a red rubber outfit and a pair of brand new wooden shoes.
They accepted me by telephone. Youve got the job. A thin
voice leaked in my ear. A sound from the other side of the universe. I thought
this person couldnt be real. Im convinced many things arent real.
We probably live in a conspiracy.
However, maybe they liked my voice or maybe I was the only one that needed new
clogs, but the voice buzzed that I got the job.
Am I the only one that wants this job? I asked, suspicious.
Oh no, of course not. You are simply the best
I asked if I would get a red jacket like the other mailmen in Holland and they
promised me a red jacket with the companys logo on it.
Send me an XXL, I said. I like big clothes. And I need a red
bag as well.
Sure, a jacket for obese people and the red bag of our company.
A plump silence gave me some time to remember the cap.
And a cap. The red cap with the mail logo on it, I said harshly. Just
like all mailmen wear. Make that a big one. I have a lot of hair.
A big-size cap of our company. Sure, maam, sure
The next day crates with mail arrived at our house. I also received the red
jacket and the red bag, but they had forgotten to deliver the red cap and that
me off. I had to call them again. I would look ridiculous without the cap.
I wanted to undergo the mailman experience in full ornate. I wanted to be a
mailman. I wanted to show my red shiny raincoat and red bag and cap to the
people in our neighborhood. It would prove to them that I was in fact a cool mailman
not a heavy shadow in a haunted house.
You look like a ripe genetically manipulated giant strawberry, my
husband said when I proudly showed him my uniform.
If eyes could kill
gigantic tasty, he continued.
You can be so vicious, I replied. I pointed my index finger at him. Let
do I remember this correctly? The last time you ate a strawberry
you screamed that you suffered from an anaphylactic shock because your throat
was itching, isnt it so? I placed my finger in my throat and made
sounds of someone vomiting heavily. Thus, if I look like a strawberry,
I suppose you are afraid of me?
True, he answered. But it wasnt an anaphylactic shock,
remember? I just panicked because my fantasy got out of control.
I didnt know what to think of it, but the conversation depressed me somewhat.
* * *
I bought a new pair of clogs with my first paycheck.
Why in the world did you buy red ones? my husband asked.
They ran out of spiked clogs.
Life is bulging with tricks. My job would have been perfect if the red dogs
in Anusstraat 13 werent created. Ive asked God for an act of kindness
only once in my life and that was last week, when I asked Him to quit the construction
of this type of modern dog. Two times a week I fight the dogs living on Anusstraat
13. The dogs arent natural but created as new species by breeders. Mammals
manufactured to kill, and these creatures hate mailmen. Two times a week I
wrestle rain and stormy weather and although the wind is often too abrupt,
I climb doors
to post the mail in the mailboxes of people that seem to wait for me all day
because I deliver them hope to win the lottery and secrets wrapped up in packages,
sex burning inside perfumed envelopes. And surprises and postcards from Canada
and sometimes rotten bills that destroy their day
but still, better
a bill than no mail at all
and since Im a mailman people spy
on me from behind city-puke-stained curtains and stinky geraniums. I hate the
people but I like
their mail. It is stacks of clean envelopes with handwritten names like Tineke
Seksbieren van Zanten Wellega or Findo Puckert Jonkheere.
And I protect the letters with the roof of my breasts against rain and snow
and bullets and snotty
I love being a mailman but it is a tough job because the red dogs
hate me so deeply and it makes me sweat in the clogs. I guess I enter their
gardens for the wrong reasons. I step into their world and I drive them nuts
red uniform and then I leave again and I know it is hard for them because they
do not succeed in destroying me.
Dogs, dogs, dogs
I see a lot of dogs. I can handle the small barky
dogs. Peanuts. I just kick them in the ass with the nose of my clog if they
after me. But
the six colossuses on Anusstraat 13 are too much. Dogs of a new species, created
by the filthy mind of men. This new race is built of heavy bones wrapped up
in rough carpets. Dogs with ears like batwings. Dogs with purple eyes and amethyst
tongues that smell like poop linger from their beaks. The teeth of the dogs
too gruesome to describe. Hell dogs. We are talking about teeth of a species
that ate several children, according to a newspaper of 2009. You get the picture?
Me on my new clogs in my rubber XXL suit and six rusty beasts attacking my
hand as soon as I deliver the mail. I began to fear the red dogs more and more.
night I couldnt sleep. I was anxious for my dreams and reality was even
a bigger nightmare.
Every time I had to deliver a letter on Anusstraat 13, the dogs ran towards
the window and barked like maniacs. Six idiots that wanted to eliminate me.
killer gear that wanted to rip off my red rubber uniform. Six lunatics that
wanted to splinter my brand new clogs and gnaw my face off. Cream splattered
lips towards the windowpane and their bodies rammed the glass every time I
delivered the mail. Every day as I shoved the letters into the opening of the
animals ripped the letters from my hand and slashed them to snippets in the
corridor. There were a lot of snippets in the corridor and never ever did I
see a real
living human being in that creepy house. The dogs ate all the letters I delivered.
Ears of dogs are very sensitive. They always knew when I was arriving. They began
to vomit barks as soon as I entered the street.
Oh my secret father of Jesus, you can walk on wine and stuff like that.
Be cool. Please kill the dogs with your magic finger!
It surprised me how little time I needed to get deeply frustrated with my new
job. I got obsessed with the dogs, almost as if I needed something to get obsessed
The other day I had to deliver 154 kilograms of letters. The weather was perfect,
not too wet for the letters. I already had lost 4 kilograms of my body mass
just by walking mail. But all I could think of was that I had to deliver mail
house of the red dogs. I paced the neighborhood in my red outfit
heart was beating like crazy when I finally arrived at the house. I didnt
want to be rude but now my eye was scanning the mail. It wasnt a closed
envelope, but a postcard. On the front a tacky picture of a windmill. I suddenly
to read it real bad. I turned it around with trembling fingers. The dogs smelled
my fear and they almost fractured the window of anger.
I want you to know that all the letters you ever wrote to me are destroyed
right after the crime. There is nothing left, not even the word fuck. I
want you to
feel secure. I also want you to know that the dogs have nothing to do with
you. They are just some characters in a story and they will vanish in the end.
The dying mailman.
I really wanted to deliver the postcard but I couldnt do it. I froze
on the path of the front garden. I stood there, my eyes motionless at the text
the postcard. Was God playing a crying joke on me? Then I gazed at the window.
Silence was penetrating my heart. I kept my breath. I was looking for the giants
but they seemed to have disappeared. The house was empty, hushed and serene.
I heard rain dripping. I licked the wet stones of the boulevard and I remembered
the smell of rain in Amsterdam when I was a kid. Have I ever been a kid? I
guess my parents were still alive then.
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