The Day the Earth Stood Still

PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

I stumbled out onto the street, still a bit blurry.

The sky was filled with glowing saucers. Invasion?

Not saucers, halos. Perhaps the dead have had their reward.

My eyes focus and I see the wires and the earthly electricity.

People pass like ghosts in the night, a trickle of humanity.

I walk into that stream, amongst those living ghosts.

The street is immaculately clean. Why had I wished for some random trash or rubbish piles?

The explosion had taken them unawares. They tell me she died instantly.

A little farther down infinity glows from the walls above a shop.


Word count = 100

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47 thoughts on “The Day the Earth Stood Still

    1. trentpmcd Post author

      When I first saw the photo, the infinity sign above one of the shops jumped out at me. It was the first thing I saw, even before the glowing “halos”. So this person is devastated by the death of a loved one and he interprets everything he sees as a symbol of death and the afterlife. The last thing he sees in the story is that infinity sign, which was the first thing I saw, so death/afterlife = infinity.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks. I hope me interpretation came across – reading the comments i know one or two missed it – after suffering a tragedy he sees the world as a cold and foreign place, not able to focus on what is really around him.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I have all of my bases cover, but I may have been too subtle for my own good ;) UFOs – well, they were “halos” seen through blurry eyes. Halos – well, not really, they are attached to wires and lit by electricity. Walking dead – that’s sometimes how strangers at night seem when you yourself feel more dead than alive. Movie references aside, the Earth stood still because the MC’s loved one died in an explosion, be it an industrial accident or a terrorist attack. Still not seeing the world right as he slowly adjusts to the fact.



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