Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Timed Writing: 12/26/2011

Time: 10 minutes
Prompt: They wait for resurrection
Source: Gwen Harwood, Cups


They wait for resurrection, but they've long since forgotten that for which they wait. Like the charge on the circuits of a memory card that dissipate in the moments following interruption of current, these minds have slowly lost their memories, beginning first with those that were formed most recently. The rushed conversations that some of them were able to have with their physicians or with the field medics, in which they were told about the hibernation protocol and the possibility of future restoration -- that is all gone. They will wake -- if ever they wake -- to memories that end far earlier. Depending on the duration fo their dormancy and the robustness of their cognitive function (or perhaps the orderliness of their mental catalogues), they may remember events from as recently as a month before immersion. Or they may be lucky to remember enough language to ask for a glass of water when they return, utterly disoriented, but physically intact, to consciousness -- to humanity.

"What happened?" is the most common inquiry from the newly awakened, followed by "I've got to take a piss."

(about my timed writing exercises)



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