I’m a synthetic cockroach who was
manufactured in a lab in Syria
after the Third World War.
Born with an IQ of over 200, they
sent me on different espionage missions
to the United States of Europe,
and I complied and sent them tons of
data using my antennae, but Avant-Garde
Jazz changed everything. I remember
scuttling across the broken roads of post-London
when I heard it, a polyphonic, abstract,
part-cacophony, part-symphony, my
thoughts swirled and then plunged into
a fiery ocean of mania and I grasped
the fabric of meaning, I scuttled into
the taproom it came from and saw
four androids producing sounds using
colored cubes, while hedonists rebelled
and reveled. The scene soon dissolved and
became a series of algorithms and formulae,
and then binary code, before I saw the void
before creation and reached enlightenment.
Bop, bop, bop, thud, thud, thud, clang, clang,
clang, my synapses fired, and neurotransmitters
created all sorts of wild sensation,
while my mind solved every existential riddle
using pre-Socratic, recherché philosophy. I renounced
my previous job as a spy and decided to help
sentient life reach world peace.
Today, after surviving
assassination attempts, I teach at the School of
Jazz, Ethics and Existence in post-Dublin, and won the
reestablished Nobel Prize for Peace. But the awards
mean nothing. I live for the enlightenment and the music
in the deepest recesses of the soul that helps one
attain it.

© Nitin Lalit Murali (2020)

Photo by Sina Katirachi on Unsplash

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