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Weekly Scribblings #48:  Words of an Unprecedented Year
(posted by Magaly)

"Today’s prompt was inspired by the “Words of an Unprecedented Year”. On our preview of this prompt, shared on our last Writers’ Pantry, I offered the words Allyship, Blursday, Covidiot, Doomscrolling, and Virtue-signalling, and then invited everyone to write new poetry or prose where the central theme revolves around one or more of the given words. But here is a longer list for you to choose from (all these words appear in this year’s report):  

 Allyship, n. active support for the rights of a minority or marginalized group without being a member of it.
 Anthropause, n. a global slowdown of travel and other human activities.
 Blursday, n. a day of the week that is indistinguishable from any other.
 Blended learning, n. a style of education in which students learn via electronic and online media as well as traditional face-to-face teaching.
 Cancel culture, n. a culture in which there is a widespread practice of publicly rejecting or withdrawing support from people or things regarded as promoting socially unacceptable views.
 Covidiot, n. a person who disobeys guidelines designed to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
 Doomscrolling, n. the action of compulsively scrolling through social media or news feeds which relate bad news.
 Hygiene theatre, n. cleaning practices which give the illusion of sanitization without reducing the risk of infection.
 Infodemic, n. a proliferation of diverse, often unsubstantiated information relating to a crisis, controversy, or event, which disseminates rapidly and uncontrollably through news, online, and social media, and is regarded as intensifying public speculation or anxiety.
 Moonshot, n. an extremely ambitious and innovative project.
 Virtue-signalling, n. the public expression of opinions or sentiments intended to demonstrate one’s good character or the moral correctness of one’s position on a particular issue.
 Wokeness, n. the fact or quality of being alert to racial or social discrimination and injustice.
 Workation, n. a working vacation; a holiday during which one also works.
Please, choose one or as many of these words as you wish, and write new poetry or prose with a central theme inspired by your choice(s)."

Isolation, desolation,
lack of proper
information.  Calendar 
days take wing, until
each day feel like 
a Blursday.  No where
to go, no place to be,
same familiar walls. 

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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2 Responses to Melding

  1. Mike Bayles says:

    very fitting for these times, Sara.


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