Just One Word

by Sonya Kassam of the Sonya Kassam blog

 

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 I 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
***

Silent

Silent
Lent
Lies
Si(gh)
***

Doublespeak

doublespeak
bleak
do speak
lead
***

Indistinguishable

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

Democracy

Democracy: the Demo version has expired
install now the Mockery

***

 

 

These tweets tell a story…

 

 

Sonya Profile PicSonya Kassam 

I was born in Mombasa and live in Nairobi, Kenya. Fortunate to have 2 beautiful daughters, I enjoy listening to music, reading and drinking tea…lots of tea.

I am a former banker, creativity came to me much later in life. I have been writing poetry as a regular hobby since mid-2012. I have written very little prose, simply because I like to hide behind the ambiguity that poetry offers.

 

 

Contributed to Rage Against the Machine Month.  If you’d like to be a part of the challenge, find more information Here.   But first, leave a comment and let Sonya know what you think about her words, and be sure to visit her over at the Sonya Kassam blog when you’re done.

 

 

 

9 Comments

    1. Sreejit, thank you for sharing my post in the Rage series. So glad that is has found audience in a perfect setting. So many thoughts I had, though not flowing out as words. I appreciate this space, it has a slight healing effect.

      I am safe but many are not.

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  1. The way you did the poem was fascinating, so creative…. and you used it in such a powerful way. Your post is very sad but it is a story that needs to be told, so thank you. The photo of the soldier crying will stay with me for a long time.

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    1. Hi Karuna. I had written the poems but didn;t think of creating a post out of them until I saw that photo. So, so powerful and human. Can’t imagine what Brian Inganga felt when he actually saw the policeman.

      Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts.

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