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Dilation Exercise 101

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.

When the animals finally banded together and decided to take the world back, the celebration lasted for many days.

Since humans generally didn’t believe they were animals, most people merely stood on the periphery watching, having no inkling of what it all meant and how their lives had been irrevocably altered.

—Alan M. Clark
Eugene, Oregon

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

Artwork: Detail from “Animal Rite” copyright © 1980 Alan M. Clark. Unpublished.

4 responses

  1. The animals took the house. Not violently. They evicted the residents, who reluctantly, however, inevitably left.The humans knew that the animals had taken over. They were generally fine with it. They were tired of their nine to fives and of having to pay bills. They were tired of life decisions and their resulting wars. Humans knew that dogs lived the good life when humans are in charge. The reciprocal should be the same…right?

    Sure. Humans found out that it was the easy life. For the ones that had dogs had eventually become the pets of dogs. The owners of cats, birds, snakes, llamas; likewise. Oh, but the abusive ones. They got mistreated as they had done themselves so many times. But that is a story for another time.

    Once the animals had control of most, if not all, indoor dwellings, they had parties. Parties that lasted days. They drank alcohol and lit fireworks. They danced around. It felt good to finally be on top. They felt the beds and watched the television shows. The showbiz monkeys, dogs, cats, etc. had been hard at work for the months before had watched the cameras and cameramen. They learned what they needed and recorded their own shows.

    The previously fifth grade humans had just learned, in science, that humans were animals as well. So, they began to think. Why not take their rightful place among the animals. The parents and other adults, including the fifth grade science teachers, never really believed that. It was just something that they were taught to teach. They knew that they were always above the animals. So they began to rebel against the adults.

    They ran away to join the animals. They were accepted because they knew that they themselves were animals and knew that they were equals. No more, no less.They took their rightful place and earning liquor and firework privaleges. Sleeping in beds with a roof over their heads. Not in grass under trees.

    All humans below and above the fifth grade level began to adapt (at least the ones that weren’t pets). They scavenged and ate leaves and berries. Some of them lived. Returning to primal instincts.

    After the days of celebration for the animals and the days of learning how to survive and adapt for the humans, things began to change. The animals didn’t have wars. They had something else. Problems. The first…

    A snake, of course horribly drunk, was dared by his friends (all with hands) to light an aerial fire cracker with a lighter. He did, but with the wavering movements his drunken line of a body had to perform the strike the lighter, he also managed to knock the firecracker over with his face. The balls of fire began to shoot out, trailing tails of fire and sparks much like that of the snake.

    Sorry. This is has gotten much longer than a comment should be, so I must leave it at that for now.

    April 23, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    • alanmclark

      Fun, thanks.

      April 23, 2014 at 7:42 pm

  2. Anonymous

    But, it was the snakes who were the first to seize the opportunity. “You don’t need legs to lead the world” they cried out. ”No longer will we be trodden beneath the feet of those two-legged freaks.”

    April 30, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    • alanmclark

      Thanks for your comment.

      April 30, 2014 at 9:52 pm

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