The Eyes Have It #writephoto

Sue Vincent’s #writehoto prompt offers us this, this week


Eyes on the World


‘And this is the Optic Room.’

‘That’s the eye, is it?’

‘Technically it is the lens. Looks like a nice day out there, doesn’t it? Full sun.’

Techie 27 squinted at the glare. ‘Shouldn’t we stop him? I mean…’

Suddenly the area went dark. Supervisor 4 smiled. ‘Right on cue. This one is a bit sun stupid. Always out in it, always staring at it. One of your jobs, if you work in Optics, will be to try and keep the lens clean and avoid scratches. Give it a few years and he’ll have a cataract. Now what next?’

‘Super, I have a question?’


‘The tree, the scenery? In Body School we weren’t told the eye had these things.’

Supervisor 4 grinned. ‘Each body has to have a staff rest facility. Most house it somewhere not used much – the appendix is always popular or the wisdom teeth though that’s often very noisy. I heard one body had there’s strung from the coccyx. We took the view – ha, sorry pun coming – that setting up the facility in the eye would give us have a different perspective.’

‘But surely this interferes with our body’s ability to see?’

‘Lazy eye, Techie 27, lazy eye. He doesn’t use it even though it still functions. Now what say you we go and check out the heart? Always fun, getting inside the pump room. I… What the…’ Supervisor 4 grabbed his phone, holding it close while the sirens blared. Techie 27 looked up as the eyelid opened and a blurry image appeared through the lens.

‘Is that…?’

Supervisor 4 grabbed his sleeve and pulled him away. ‘Yes, he’s disturbed his girlfriend in the shower. We’re needed immediately. They’ll be understaffed in hydraulics and god knows what’s going off at the seminal launch pad.’

The lid began to blink rapidly. ‘He’s getting excited, isn’t he?’

‘I’d say he’s a T minus ten minutes, maximum.  Grab your tool bag and let’s go.’ Supervisor 4 ran for the door. ‘We’ll abseil down the optic nerve, catch a fat capsule in the aorta and do a stomach jump. Hope you’re ready?’

‘Is it always this crazy?’

Supervisor 4 looked up, a scowl on his face. ‘Only when those know-all goons in mission control lose grip and don’t give us any forewarning.’ He sighed. ‘If you can get a secondment to the brain, take it. Damn sight safer up there than counselling a million sperm who are about to find out that their entire existence was utterly pointless.’

(Credit must lie with Woody Allen for stimulating this piece)


About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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34 Responses to The Eyes Have It #writephoto

  1. willowdot21 says:

    Such hard working little guys!

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  2. Al Lane says:

    Haha! Loved this 😀

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  3. Ritu says:

    Oh I did giggle when reading this!

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  4. Erika Kind says:

    Haha….. this is so funny, Geoffle! Fantastic!

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  5. Sacha Black says:

    Haha! Loved it. Hope you’re feeling better 💖

    Liked by 1 person

  6. I started to clue in a wee bit more than halfway, but still a rip-roaring ending. Ha ha. Love it.

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  7. Bun Karyudo says:

    Yep, I think I may know which Woody Allen movie you’re referring to but I’m afraid to ask.

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  8. Michael says:

    Be a hard life wouldn’t it being a sperm and being brought up to believe that fundamentally you held the makings of mankind in the ability you had to swim and penetrate. And after all that and the training no doubt involved to find it was all in vain and you ended up a splodge on someones handkerchief or swimming aimlessly in search of what wasn’t there…..

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  9. Ali Isaac says:

    Crazy, as always, dear Geoffle! 😂

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  10. Sue Vincent says:

    A real antidote to Jane’s story, Geoff!

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  12. Judy Martin says:

    I enjoyed that Geoff! 🙂

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