Rage Against the Machine Day 28 by Sonya Kassam

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 (is)
In Action
Act (my)




do speak




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.




About the author

I am a King without a Kingdom, in a world with many masters, wrapped in the spoils of a jealous heart, and my people’s callous laughter.


  1. Thank you Sonya for this painful reminder of the struggles that are going on all over the world. These are the kind of stories, images, words, that we have to share. I hope that you are safe.

    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.

  2. 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.

    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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