Perceptive disorders

Prompt  ….

This week’s photo prompt is provided by Footy and Foodie. Thank you Footy and Foodie!

Captain Heemskerck walked out of his cabin to the deck and watched the gold city he had been searching for all his life. He was prone to suffer from an undiagnosed perception-disorder relating to colors.

A neurologist may have opined that some of his perceptive-neurons located in the brain between his ears were communicating with neurons located in the color perception cortex.

The captain did not know or care.  However, the familiar discomfort – pain and dryness in eyes, a constant ringing in his ears, a burning sensation in throat disturbed his reverie.  He saw different hues of gold on the port city and swirls of light whirled around it. The colors were telling him to be careful as this place could be extremely dangerous.

The captain was also a student of philosophy and the experience reminded of the axiom – the time stops when we stop. We are not in time. We are the time.

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19 thoughts on “Perceptive disorders

  1. Great use of the prompt, YS. That axiom is similar to a line in Eliot’s Four Quartets that, while the music lasts, you are the music (and another that only through time is time conquered). So, it’s easy to see why I love your story about Captain Heemskerck, given its premises, plot, and characterization. 🙂

  2. Wonderful story, YS! That is a very intriguing thought, that we are not in time but we are time. I liked that your character saw things in different colors which told him if places were dangerous. Very creative twist to the prompt!

  3. Interesting take. The colour distortion he experiences is extremely interesting and I loved the last couple of lines. “We are the time” it makes me think, as I’m sure you intended for readers to do. Great Job!

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