The Wednesday Word: 30 June 2021

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.


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”

  1. #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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