Prompt for March 11, 2017: Absolute threshold is a term in perceptual psychology to describe the smallest level of energy required by an external stimulus to be detectable by the human senses, including vision, hearing, taste, smell and touch. For example, the absolute threshold of vision is the light of a single candle held 30 miles away from the eye, in complete darkness, after having adjusted to the dark. Write something about the absolute threshold of sight.
Trudge On by R.C.
Two moons ago
Half a lifetime ago
The last time she saw them.
Last she remembered
A long car ride
Stuffed in a crate
She could smell but not see
Seized by the scruff of her neck
Strewn out onto the road
And he drove away
She ran, ran fast after
But not fast enough.
Pitch black trees teeming
With the chatter of midnight bugs
The sound, but not the sight
Of padded feet on ground around her.
No moonlight; a new moon
No light at all.
Fur matted, paws bloody
She trudges on
The faint trail of scent
Signifying something, someone
Gives her hope
That she might be going the right way.
Did they miss her?
Did they love her?
…Did they even still remember her?
Looking up, she stops
She is trekking down a hill
But amid the pure darkness
Across the vast valley
She sees a tiny flickering light.
She trudges on.
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Prompt for March 12, 2017: “And that’s what happens when you’re raised by pirates.”
“Family Dinner” by Rachel Cernosek
My parents never came to anything I did.
No band concert, no soccer game, no open house night at school.
It was always hard to tear my stare away from my peers and their parents, flanking them, all laughs and smiles and good grades.
I guess it was hard to look away because I wished I knew what it was like.
It was also hard to know what to say when forms asked for a “parent’s contact.”
I’d contemplated being silly and listing the jailhouse address and phone number, but I never did. It was always just my aunt’s information instead.
No family dinners happened in the house I lived. Aunt Pam would make food for two, but we ate in our perspective rooms.
What would it be like to eat a family dinner around the table every night?
Sometimes, I imagined being able to talk to them. It was possible… Through a glass, from two separate rooms, over a phone.
But they wanted nothing to do with me.
All they wanted was riches and fortune.
Two-hundred thousand illegal movies, pristine quality, are circulating the internet, are being traded and sold across the country.
All due to their massive black market industry.
It’s a pretty lonely life, when your parents aren’t around, or don’t so much as even make the effort to call.
But that’s what happens when you’re raised by pirates.
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