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Dilation Exercise 31

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 a story, please say something about it in a comment. Need a further explanation? Go to Imagination Workout—The Dilation Exercises.

They shared many hours together in the bed, passionate hours, hours of rest, hope, dreams, nightmares, illness, and finally the moment of death.

Once they were gone, the bedding could not be changed and the room could not be used, as the memory of their love and passion for each other demanded privacy.

—Alan M. Clark
Eugene, Oregon

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

Artwork: “Frontispiece for ‘Candyland’” copyright © 1998 Alan M. Clark.
Interior illustration for “Candyland” by Elizabeth Engstrom, which appeared in The Alchemy of Love, by Elizabeth Engstrom and Alan M. Clark, published by TripleTree Publishing.

Captions are original to this post and have nothing to do with the literary project with which the artwork first appeared.

4 responses

  1. Anonymous

    It was sad and even difficult to believe that such beauty was ended by such a smell.

    January 9, 2012 at 11:28 am

  2. Footprints are left behind, not merely of the physical presence, but of the emotional state too. Few people realize the impression our existence places into the fabric and weave of the world around us, and into the worlds that we remain unaware of.

    January 9, 2012 at 12:28 pm

  3. I envision two Egyptians, or possibly alternate dimention or aliens, who undergo the effects of a plague after a long battle of lovelorn Romeo and Juliet like forbiddenness to finally be able to love on their last lingering hours. Thus their civilization dies with them, perhaps, but, those who would come after, upon seeing their locked embrace, know not to intrude.

    January 10, 2012 at 8:10 pm

  4. alanmclark

    Thanks for the comments, folks.

    January 11, 2012 at 12:26 am

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