It starts with the pop and slurp of the paint can opening. The bright orange iris of an upturned lid stares at the ceiling. The walls keep rank, defenseless. You jab; blood pools, drips. The open-mouthed victim of a Technicolor life change.

27 Replies to “Battle”

  1. The sounds and visuals do a wonderful job of reinforcing the idea of “violence,” and those last three words are a brilliant resolution.

    1. Thanks, I was hoping to convey that the first swipe of the paint brush formed a dripping mouth on the wall. That’s the part I edited the most out of. Not sure if it came across.

  2. I have to agree with your other commenters: “the orange iris” is an *amazing* image, and the whole idea of the life change metaphor works so so well! Thanks for sharing!

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