chris r-1-53 Image by Christine Renney

Davis feels he has failed, that by turning back he is giving in. He tries hard to convince himself it is just a setback but he has been searching for days and hasn’t yet managed to re-find the road.
Davis is lost, or at least this is how it seems, how he feels, but of course he isn’t. The road has led him to here and it is a place of plenty. Admittedly most of what is scattered and strewn on the ground is now useless – phones and tablets and other devices with screens. Many are broken, have been kicked about and stamped on but most are still intact, still in their original packaging.
Kneeling down, Davis grabs a phone. It is the one he had wanted before but hadn’t been able to afford. He claws at the box, pulling away the clear plastic and holds the phone in his hand. It is the latest model, he realises, the last model. There won’t be another, a sleeker and faster and more desirable version. Davis pushes the green button and waits but nothing happens.


7 thoughts on “A PLACE OF PLENTY

  1. chrisnelson61 January 12, 2019 / 5:00 pm

    One wonders if the materialism that we are sold will stay with us regardless of our plight. Thoughtful writing, Mark.

    • markrenney2 January 12, 2019 / 6:12 pm

      Thanks Chris. Yes I agree, I think it will outlast us.

      • chrisnelson61 January 12, 2019 / 10:56 pm

        Sadly I feel it will.

  2. allthingsthriller January 12, 2019 / 10:32 pm

    So many perfectly good phones and not so perfectly good phones and TVs and microwaves and laptops and…and…and…

    • markrenney2 January 13, 2019 / 5:42 pm

      Thanks Pam. It’s kind of mind boggling isn’t it, to think of all the stuff we produce and discard.

    • markrenney2 January 13, 2019 / 5:44 pm

      Ha! That would be great wouldn’t it?

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