Dilation Exercise 58

Below you’ll find Alan M. Clark’s weekly Dilation Exercise. Please look at the picture, read the caption, above and below the image, and allow your imagination to go to work on it. If the artwork inspires an idea, please use the comment feature to tell us something about it. Need a further explanation? Go to Imagination Workout—The Dilation Exercises.

I awakened during surgery to the sound of the doctors laughing while they made jokes and wagers about my condition; however, the anesthesiologist caught me, and I fell into unconsciousness again before I got my odds from the betting.


Later, in the recovery room, I knew that unless I moaned my own business, bled to myself, and took pains to appear recovered, I’d never make it out those double doors.

Artwork: “A Chorus of Moans” copyright © 1994 Alan M. Clark. Interior illustration for The Pain Doctors of Suture Self General, by the Bovine Smoke Society, published by Arts Nova Press, and Pain and Other Petty Plots to Keep You in Stitches, by Alan M. Clark, Troy Guinn, Randy Fox, Mark Edwards, and Jeremy Robert Johnson, published by IFD Publishing.

Captions are original to this post and have nothing to do with the literary project with which the artwork first appeared.

—Alan M. Clark
Eugene, Oregon