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Dilation Exercise 40

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.

For years after the cataclysm, I followed the tracks from city to city, finding no one else alive, and in my despair I determined to end it all.

When it appeared out of the mist one morning, chugging along behind me like a lost puppy needing love, I worried that madness and my love of trains had conspired to provide me with the companionship I craved, but it really didn’t mattered as long as life was worth living.

—Alan M. Clark
Eugene, Oregon

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

Artwork: “Helltracks” copyright © 2000 Alan M. Clark.
Cover illustration for Helltracks by William F. Nolan – Cemetery Dance Publications.

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

2 responses

  1. Stephen Dale

    Though the train sat perfectly stilll, the fog made it look as if it was creeping along waiting for a new passenger, somehow a spirit of those willing to die and be carried off to a world far from the forest, into the unknown and undead.

    March 12, 2012 at 12:41 pm

  2. Reblogged this on Conceptual Art.

    March 12, 2012 at 2:22 pm

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