SoCS: What is seen can’t be unseen

Once something has been seen, it can’t be unseen, however much we might wish to erase it.

Part of the reason I don’t watch many scary movies is that the images haunt my dreams. I can still remember some of the shock I felt seeing the original theatrical release of “Jaws” as a young teen and the way it haunted my dreams.

Some of the most haunting things I have seen have been family medical things. A look of terror in the eyes during an intensive care disorientation episode. A bad reaction to a medication that caused uncontrollable jaw clenching with resultant biting of cheeks.  A child suffering tremors.  Seeing bones through skin when most of the flesh and muscle have wasted away.

Even years later, these memories make me shudder.  Even so, I can’t wish that I had not seen them, only that they had not existed to be seen.

This post is part of Linda’s Stream of Consciousness Saturdays. This week’s prompt is scene/seen.  Join us!


May as well finish up just Jot It January, too!

Author: Joanne Corey

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7 thoughts on “SoCS: What is seen can’t be unseen”

  1. Oh goodness but I so remember sitting in a theatre and watching Jaws and all but jumping out of my seat when the shark came out of the water and up onto the boat.
    I did think your concluding sentence says a lot about what we see in life and wish we didn’t have to see.


  2. Gore, horror, eerie scenes… God! I get nightmares of Samara coming out of the well. I see these movies hiding behind people but end up wishing I had gone with my wise judgement of watching Finding Nemo instead.


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