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Dilation Exercise 81

Below you’ll find Alan M. Clark’s weekly Dilation Exercise. Please look at the picture, read the caption, above and below the image, and allow your imagination to go to work on it. If the artwork inspires an idea, please use the comment feature to tell us something about it. Need a further explanation? Go to Imagination Workout—The Dilation Exercises.

Again, the last man stood in the cold water staring at the alabaster woman, his loneliness pulling his rational mind apart.


Deciding she was more interested in the sea snakes than she’d ever be in him, he muttered, “Damn your abrasive silence,” but regretted his words and was grateful she was stone deaf.

—Alan M. Clark
Eugene, Oregon

If you like Alan M. Clark’s artwork, please try his writing in both short fiction and novels.

Artwork: “Last Man” copyright © 1985 Alan M. Clark. Unpublished.

3 responses

  1. An ocean of the real, thought coagulate, the embryonic malfunctions of distance and emotion as the machine churns, dies, and surrenders; victim to the promise of sensation, the android polished its immortal flesh in lies and ice.

    August 26, 2013 at 4:34 pm

  2. alanmclark

    Thanks for responding!

    August 26, 2013 at 6:01 pm

  3. He told me.
    He told me that if I built her, I would never be alone again.
    So I did, I built her, and he breathed life into her, as promised. But I’m still alone. And now, not even the promise of my soul can summon him back.
    I rather die than to live like this.
    I must bring him here, I must.
    They don’t call him ‘The Prince of Lies’ for nothing.

    August 27, 2013 at 10:20 am

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