Saturday, April 18, 2015

17/30 18/30 Things We Use Once

Prompt: Things we can use once

a pregnancy test, toothpaste, dental floss, condoms, a bulletproof vest, chewing gum, the planet, a wedding dress, bath water, a coffin, stamps, a disposable camera, toothpicks, airbags, paper plates and cups, syringes, tissue paper, soap, shower gel, bullets, Qtips, nappies, matches, plasters, ink

There's no market for second-hand mouthwash
Condoms once used are never sold twice
Chewing gum is chewed but not recycled
A rusty syringe can cost you your life.

My sister refused
to cut her umbilical cord,
it twisted round her neck.
When August called
she put on a bulletproof vest
over her wedding dress,
and we used a Qtip
to clean out the wax
that she stored in her ears
and filled a bathtub in her heart.

I scrubbed the ink
off of her skin
and put her in a coffin.
She said I could reuse it
I could turn her into an oak
and plant memories of her
with my disposable camera.
She said,  "Beware of the rusty syringe,
toothpicks can blind you."
And up there in the attic
a planet existed
where stamps resembled stars
and a tree dappled
with plasters blossomed.


Ginna FunkWallace said...

what a magical novel prompt idea! i really like what you did, as well.

Taidgh Lynch said...

Thanks Ginna! Some of the prompts found or the ones I've come up with have been helpful.