Riding the Subway in 2051

from 200 Days by Chad J. Taylor

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I check the calendar and realize my Socializer implants are almost out of juice. It's a two hour walk to the charging station... or ten minutes on the subway. I can take the constant advertisements and the gene-specific sexual encounter fantasy holograms, but the people. I don't know if I can take the people. The dregs of society. I think about walking again, but remember the report of a feral dog pack somewhere in the area. Best to avoid getting ripped to pieces, I already have too many implants as it is.

I make my way down the stairs and put on my kevlar overcoat as I go. The UV rating is low today, but I remember to pack my ocular filters just in case. I strap a breathing film over my nose and mouth and step out into the grime. The sun is almost visible thru the fog today, but I better keep the filter on, I don't want to get contaminated by some hobo with technecrofilia.


This infernal machine takes me where I want to go.
Riding along with the girls and the boys,
With their retro dogs and their retro toys.
Hurry up and get there.

A man sits next to me and his machine arm is malfunctioning.
He tries to tell me about it thru my audio stream.
I tell him I don't speak cyborg, please go away.

The party girls and the party boys all hyped up on their super juices,
Their neon outfits offend me so I turn on filters to get it away.

At last I'm at my stop.
I can't climb to the top of this pile of rats,
pile of garbage in this city that we live.


from 200 Days, released July 8, 2013


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Chad J. Taylor Nashville, Tennessee

Chad Taylor is a composer, performer, songwriter, and producer who currently lives near Nashville, TN.

A member of ASCAP, he has composed for independent film and his music has been featured on PBS's History Detectives, MTV's True Life, A & E's Biography, and satellite radio all over the world.

He plays bass, guitar, keys, cello, and sings.
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