2025

A man who had known me for a long time said encouragingly once, “At fifty, if you keep fit, a few women will surely be attracted to you.”

He was driving. I don’t drive. I waited, uncomfortably, beside him, pretending glee. While my eyes were on the windscreen watching a cow licking a wounded bull on the road. Who knew who she belonged to.

The man shifted the soliloquy to self-driving cars. Two thousand twenty five was not so far away. Robots would take our jobs. Money would be hummed out of a million servers. AI would write our poems.

The feminists would destroy our families. The sisters would take our children away and make them eat kale breakfast, why? Because, that they can!

Men would not know their place. Love would be disastrous for personal ego, et cetera.

“Only cows’, he said,

‘only cows, if free, if they so would desire, would unflinchingly adore the bulls in the small hum of sweltering asphalt roads. And that would be a sight of hope.”

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