Microfiction #Three line tales: Sweetness and light

A little something for Sonya’s weekly photo prompt.

Photo ©Baher Khairy via Unsplash


Stacked high, humanity covers the planet, absorbing fat and sugar directly through feeders.

Reduced to saccharine coloured mouths, sluggish tongues and a single sense, we show our flavour preferences in the candy colours of our skin.

When our bright colour fades and we crumble into hydrolysed sucrose that drifts into a sugar-coated afterlife where the souls of long extinct sparrows and garden birds are waiting to take their final revenge.


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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

28 thoughts on “Microfiction #Three line tales: Sweetness and light”

  1. I know what you mean about it being a funny one – took me while to think of something and even now it’s way too long for a TLT!
    Like the images – sugary mouths, ever consuming and the humans truend to pastel colours to show their preference. An edge of surreal dystopia in there – and the ultimate avian revenge too

    1. The way we eat in the west is shameful. The waste and the gluttony are only part of it. As you say, the misery to create what a small percentage will waste and make themselves sick on is just immoral.

      1. There’s nothing wrong with liking sugar or sweet things, or enjoying eating, but it’s the excess that I find monstrous. The quantities of food consumed or thrown away, is just immoral when the people who produce it or whose land is destroyed to produce it, are living in poverty.

  2. Liked the ‘final revenge’ part and this line also; When our bright colour fades and we crumble into hydrolysed sucrose. Like you i don’t like them so I related!

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