Quand un nuage avale une montagne

Ce matin, j’ai corrigé les devoirs de mes étudiants, perché dans un nuage au sommet du Mont-Royal. Loin au-dessus de la ville que j’aime, disparue en contrebas, je me suis senti comme un dieu olympien — mais un dieu retraité, qui en aurait eu assez de se prendre pour le nombril de l’Histoire et le roi de la montagne. Fini pour lui toute la comédie de mâle alpha et oméga. Fini le courroux, la foudre et l’éclair. Fini le grand bureau, le costume viril et les avantages corporatifs. Il aurait échangé tout ça contre un cours de cuisine, un abonnement à Netflix et un amour des papillons. Puis se serait fait professeur de théâtre au secondaire, front dégarni, soulier fatigué et haleine de café.

C’est le genre de truc, voyez-vous, qui peut arriver aux professeurs et aux dieux, quand un nuage avale une montagne.

—John Faithful Hamer, Montréalais de souche, 2017
(traduit de l’anglais par Jean-Benoît Rainville)

About John Faithful Hamer

John Faithful Hamer is a college professor who still can't swim, drive, or pay his bills on time. His sense of direction is notoriously unreliable, yet he'd love to tell you where to go. His lack of practical skills is astounding, and his inability to fix things is renowned, yet he'd love to tell you what to do. His mismanagement of time is legendary, as is his inability to remember appointments, yet he fancies himself a philosopher and would love to tell you how to live. He wouldn't survive in a state of nature, of that we can be sure; but he's doing quite well in the big city, which has always been a refuge for the ridiculous, a haven for the helpless, and a friend to the frivolous.

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