Saturday, June 18, 2005

Comfortably Numb

“Okay, last time. Understand this procedure remains absolutely permanent?”

“Every legal scrap is signed, witnessed, with three copies filed, covering your pseudo-scientific, arrogant, money-grubbing asses. Daylight’s burning. Let’s go.”

She knows how Hell looks, smells, sounds and tastes, having been there often. But worse; crushing, smothering claustrophobic panic. Screaming skulls.

Experts said Sarah’s brain lacks some microscopic filter that protects minds from Exquisite Pain. Finally, after trials, one solution exists: removing emotion.

What about the children?
Logic’s reliable choices.

For her, no joy--or suicide.

Breathe deeply. All faith in reason.

“Don’t be afraid. You won’t feel a thing.”


Po said...

Wow. That's really amazing. It amazes me how putting in a visual image adds so much to how a story is read, the emotion and feeling behind it, the expectation of the reader. This is something amazing I've seen Lisa do so many times... with her collection, Strange Attractions, and her ability to inspire writers who see her work. When one piece of art inspires another. This is exactly what we envision for TINY STORIES!

K said...

Eerie and affecting.

Carl V. Anderson said...

That's great...I had a weird 'deja vu' feeling as this is the first time I read this but I just used the phrase 'exquisite pain' in a comment on another blog less than 5 minutes ago. "How bizarre..."