#Three Line Tales: Waste

For Sonya’s weekly photo prompt
photo by Nareeta Martin via Unsplash


The family members heave themselves upright, swill greasy hands clean in the outgoing tide and wade heavily back to the car, renouncing their rights of ownership on the rubbish they no longer want.

Grease, cartons and bits of useless plastic, unwanted distractions for world-weary kids, curl into the waves, drawn out to sea until they hit another beach where a gull is waiting.

Bright eyes find the plastic chunk among the pebbles, gull pecks, tastes and brings the inestimable prize back to the hungry chick that will die some short time later in the agony of strangulation.

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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.

16 thoughts on “#Three Line Tales: Waste”

    1. The whole concept of fast/junk food ought to be questioned. It isn’t as if it’s good for you, and can replace a proper meal. It’s excess, superfluous, it kills billions of animals just so some humans can develop heart conditions and diabetes.

    1. One of the things that I find so soul-destroying is the suffering that junk food causes, and for what? It isn’t to feed people it’s to over-feed and that is unforgivable.

  1. The justification I hear is that it’s “easy” but I’ve never figured out how or why. What could be easier to prepare than, for instance, an apple or a tomato? (K)

  2. This is sort of dark but true. I also wrote about how old, throw away toys are seen as “brand new” to so many children who are not fortunate enough to get whatever they want.

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