Saturday 31 May 2014

Visual Dare - Poison

I was shocked to see how long it has been since I have entered a Visual Dare prompt, but this picture had to be written for. I could have written many things about this picture, but in light of the recent #YesAllWomen hashtag in response to a recent killing spree by a misogynist in the US that gained sympathy from men, there was only one way to go. And it felt vaguely reminiscent of The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood. Enjoy!


The bottle was wheeled in on a hand truck and left to stand on the auction floor in full view.

“Next we have this fine specimen, caught wild, completely undamaged. Who’ll start the bidding at 500?”

Several boards went up.

She peered out at the rows of men, their eager eyes crawling all over her flesh; their finest business suits unable to disguise their brutal lust. She dared not imagine what horrors awaited her.

This new world order was one of pain and humiliation for captive women. Since enforcement some ten years previous, she’d managed to avoid it, but as military searches were extended, there was no-where left to hide.

She smiled, at least she couldn’t be used in a fertility factory; the poisonous shrubs she’d ingested taking care of that. They were getting desperate too, according to the level of bidding. Foolish men, they couldn’t control Mother Nature too.

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1 comment :

  1. You referred to The Handmaid's Tale, which I am just reading now. It's a stunning and heartbreaking book. I enjoyed your response greatly and am so pleased she had taken some control at least into her own hands. That's all we can do, isn't it? Control what we can to have an impact on our own destiny. Excellent writing.