For the past few days I had been struggling to find the words to express what we are going through as a nation. In less than 3 months we have had elections, nullified them, another election, boycott of elections, police brutality, protests, demonstrations, a nation divided, economic slow down and uncertainties. It was difficult to write and wished I could find just one word…and then I did. In fact I found several one words and made poems using letters derived from just one word. I was amazed at how much I could convey even with the restricted structure.
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14 thoughts on “Just One Word”
Hi Sonya. I was wondering if I could reprint this article as a guest post for The Rage Against the Machine series?
Thank you Sreejit. I would love to see it feature in the Rage series.
I really like the focus on single words. How powerful this feels. A rap like rhythm, punctuated, precise, can be felt in the body.
I feel moved by the images and the stories I read in them.
That is beautifully described. Thank you. Yes, the images and stories are powerful.
Also, you have a section called Wordless Wednesday, maybe you could have another one called One Word day? :)
There was a quote I can’t quite remember, about how we never realize when history is being made around us and how it’s chaotic and confusing, and I think that applies here. Whatever the case, I have a feeling we’ll come out the good end of all this.
Thanks for your thoughts. Yes history is indeed being made around us. I wrote something to that effect here https://followyourshadow.me/2017/08/14/a-history-erased/
I have a good feeling too…let’s hope :)
Good Job, Sonya. :)
Thanks for reading Ranu :)
This is a very creative use of just one word to describe such a heavy topic.
All good wishes,
I’m glad you saw that although the topic is heavy, just one word or a tiny effort can make an impact.
Marvellous composition. Sorry to know about the upheavals the nation is going tbrough. Hope, the situation will stabilise soon.
Thank you so much for appreciating, also for your good wishes.