Posted by: Kevin | January 14, 2009

I Enter Writing Contests

The Clarity of Night, a writing blog I check from time to time, is hosting a writing contest so I decided to whip something off and send it in.  Not my best work, but it was fun writing it. 

“When You Stand on an Escalator and Don’t Let People Pass___”

“I swear to God, I’m going to punch these people in the back of the head!” she whispered to herself.  It wasn’t really their fault. They could no more move than she could.  This was the problem with escalators.  Too many of those escalating, feel entitled to just stand and let the machine do all the goddamn work.

“MOVE DUMB ASSES!!”  She screamed in her thoughts.  The sheep in front of her, passively ascending, paid her no mind.  “Why do we tolerate this?” she asked herself.  “We could all be climbing to endless slaughter here and I doubt these fools would bat a fucking eyelash.” 

She shifted uncomfortably from foot to foot and struggled to resist the urge to shove the people in front of her.  This close to her breaking point, but she was finally nearing the top of the escalator.  She could see people just a few steps in front of her stepping off.  Then the people directly in front of her stepped off.  Finally, it was her turn.  She leapt off the escalator, racing towards the mall bathroom.

For those curious the “___” in the title subs for “I want to punch you in the back of the head”.  the inspiration for this piece was taken from the picture that the writing contest references and the facebook group, “I secretly want to punch slow walking people in the back of the head”.



  1. I like your article. I enjoy reading it and most of the time It is true if you are having a bad day in an elevator.

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