haiku – flicker & eyes ~ 9/19/22

I loved the prompt words today. They reminded me of flashbulbs memories. We all have them. Some claim these memories are false. I’d like to think these memories are how we cope & make sense of things. Lord know I need help making sense of things. Life, it’s not for the faint of heart ❤ And now without further ado, my two cents worth 1/2 penny.

flickering memories

the light behind the lens

eyes filled with her tears

Written for Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 428 FLICKER and Eyes.

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As always, more to come.

8 thoughts on “haiku – flicker & eyes ~ 9/19/22

  1. Flashbulb memories are very real. When something traumatic happens, very often the mind will record the situation in detail. This way you’ll know what to look out for in the future. But we don’t get chased by lions or bears or snake bitten very much these days, so not as useful. Flashbulb memories often accompany PTSD. Seeing some detail of what happened can serve to bring back the entire experience.

    A lot of people can recount what happened in slow motion. That’s because in times of life and death crisis our brain increases its clock rate. It allows us to process things more quickly. Maybe a second normally takes ten clock pulses but while the bear is attacking the clock rate gets doubled. You perceive twice as many clock pulses and since clock pulses are how your brain measure time and not watch ticks, everything feels like half speed.

    Time and all kinds of external variable will cause the memory to decay. The general idea will remain accurate but the fine details disappear. Instead of just letting them blur, our brains make up details to fill in the missing information.

    It does that for memories of a nontraumatic nature too. Of all the kinds of evidence, eye witness testimony is the least reliable. A good trial lawyer would rather have the DNA from a hair than a dozen eye witnesses who (unless they’ve been coached) will all say something different. Even complex memories can be implanted with clever interrogation methods.

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    1. Absolutely fascinating how the human mind works. Thanks for sharing this detail with me Fred. I’m going to read up on this interesting topic further.


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