Just One Word

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.

Inaction

Inaction (is)
In Action
Act (my)
Nation
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Silent

Silent
Lent
Lies
Si(gh)
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Doublespeak

doublespeak
bleak
do speak
lead
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Indistinguishable

indistinguishable
anguish
sting
gun
unstable
disable
bled
bled
bled
dead….
….distant
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Democracy

Democracy: the Demo version has expired
install now the Mockery

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These tweets tell a story…

 

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Featured Image Credit: @BrianInganga

11 thoughts on “Just One Word

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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