Thursday, January 19, 2012

Timed Writing: 1/19/2012


Time: 10 minutes
Prompt: There are times when a cut can be desirable
Source: Turner and Soper, Methods and Practice of Elizabethan Swordplay


There are times when a cut can be desirable. Times when a flash of pain and a spurt of blood are the perfect reminder that one is alive and that one might die. Times when a cut is a smaller and less significant injury than the alternative, and therefore desirable in comparison.

And then there are times like this, when a cut is just a cut. It's an annoyance, a petty damage, a compromise of my protective barrier, a means by which I might contaminate my environment and a portal through which that same environment might contaminate me -- might seed infection and disease.

In the dark I cannot see how much blood I have left behind; nor can I see what it was that cut me. The cut is on my right shoulder. I don't think that it is deep, but, as it should be, it is painful, and I can feel beads of warm liquid crawling down from it and dripping off my bent elbow.

(about my timed writing exercises)


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