Picture It and Write from ermiliablog@wordpress
Write a paragraph of fiction or a poem to accompany the image.
The picture prompt for this week is below:
Of Girls and Hair: The Other Great Depression
Cora wished it was over already.
The clipping of the scissors in her ear made her worry about what else might be lopped off that she wasn’t ready to lose. So much of her life was lost before she had wanted to let it go. The things that should be over quickly seemed to go on forever.
She was hungry. This would feed her and her brothers.
The barber’s boy swept up the hair. His toothless grin made her all the more despairing.
Mother had her hair cut off again last week. Cora could no longer remember how many times she had it cut. Mother’s hair was always choppy. The barber said that he could not sell it anymore
Her brothers had begun to sell their blood.
The neighborhood she had grown up in had been bulldozed.
They now lived over by the river with a few others.
Father came and went. Like everything else.
Like the hair on the floor and the teeth that were no longer there in the barber’s boy’s mouth.
Everything, now, came and went.
Oh wow. How creepy! Selling teeth..that opens up a whole new universe!
maybe a universe not too far off
ohhh great imagination!
not too hairy?
Always too hairy.
did you proof read this with a fine tooth comb?
pretty good comment coming from the recent beach comber that you are or just were.
really sad..but made a good reading..
good… I’ve done my job
This is so different from your norm, which shows your versatility.
It kinda reaches down into your gut and leaves you speechless; well, me speechless…
Some are in this distress… Ug…
Thanks. I try to be versatile from poetry and short short stories to comedy and politics – although most of what people read are the comedic dialogues.
I don’t do science fiction, horror or detective/spy stuff.
And yes, many in this world are in these straits. I worry about it becoming more so here…
Oh, that made a scene out of Dickens seem cheerful.
Ha…. then I say “Cheers, Charlie!”
that’s very lovely… i feel like i’ve been transported to history when those things did happen ^^ great job
Oh that gave me goosebumps. My first thought was an America’s Next Top Model contestant upset at her makeover, but this was so much more moving.
I like goose bumps…
Uck. The toothless boy gave me the creeps. Am I allowed to ask why there is a market for hair and blood and teeth?
In a depression, people sell things to eke out a living. Hence the hair and blood – maybe organs as we’ve seen in films of late – too.
very sad, but good Randy!
very sad… and thank you, Gemini.
Beautifully layered story, Randy. (pun sort of intended)
The things people will do out of desperation is chilling. Glad I happened by.
Once layered, now glabrous.
we, humans, do what we have to do to survive.