The worst holiday of the year approaches. This is the dog’s assessment. I generally concur, only I’m not too into American Thanksgiving either. For sort of similar reasons. I just don’t believe in this country’s narratives. No, it’s worse than that. I don’t approve of this country’s narratives. I don’t like these foundational stories and dearly wish we had different ones. My unrequited desire is for a history that doesn’t make me cringe and cry for pure shame. Moreover, I don’t believe in the many of the ideas and ideals. For example, I don’t believe there is such a thing as independence — a topic I am working on for Friday Thoughts this week, actually a topic I’ve been writing on since I was a teenager.
So I’m with the dog. Let’s just skip the whole noisy and smelly mess. Too hot for the 4th anyway. I’ll leave you with a Wednesday Word that expresses my feelings on the whole thing perfectly.
The Wednesday Word
for 30 June 2021
You can respond in the comments below or make a Twitter post to the Wednesday Word. Either way, begin your response with #dependence. Your response can be anything made from words. I love poetry, but anything can be poetic and you needn’t even be limited to poetics. An observation, a story, a thought. Might even be an image, however, I am utterly uninterested in GIFs. In the spirit of word prompts, it’s best if you use the word; but I’m not even a stickler about that. Especially if you can convey the meaning without ever touching the word. In fact, in that case, I’d be rather impressed.
If responding in Twitter, you are limited to the forms of Twitter. I would prefer that there be no threads because that becomes difficult to parse in the notifications in-box. So if you have something long, post it in the comments below. That said, please don’t go too long. Let’s keep it under 2000 words, shall we. I’m not going to count, but I’m also not promising to read a dissertation. Unless it’s really good! This is supposed to be fun for me, after all.
If I receive something noteworthy, I’ll post it next week. If not, well, that’s fine too. I know you all are busy. But if you’ve read this far, then I’ve made you think about… dependence.
dependence before the symphony there was the orchestra before the orchestra there was the horn before the horn there was the mpingo tree before the mpingo tree there was the soil before the soil there was the mountain before the mountain there was the symphony
©Elizabeth Anker 2021
1 thought on “The Wednesday Word: 30 June 2021”
#dependence. noun. The natural state of existence on planet Earth in which everything is connected to, relies on, and needs everything else. I am because we are.
See also: interbeing, community, ecology, relationship, reciprocity
BTW, love your poem!
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