8:11 a.m. — Atlanta
listening to Harry Belafonte — easily one of the most singable with singers
Hello, everyone. So, the problem with three day weekends where Monday is the holiday? It’s as if there were no Monday. I wake up Tuesday morning to my brain saying, Hi. Don’t you have a blog? Ack. Parents who waved their children off to school (finally!), take a moment, grab a cup of something, pick you favourite view wherever you are and sit for thirty minutes, not thinking about anything in particular, just knowing you can sit for thirty minutes. Yes, of course, the rest of you can do that, too.
There are no particular rules for word play prompts, which occur when I become fascinated with some aspect of a word, its meaning, its origins, maybe just the sound of it. I would feel as if I were tossing you in the deep end buoy-less if I didn’t, at least, offer possible directions to take.
Our word today is a word whose sound I love: obscure.
You might deal with the meaning of the word as you know it. The poem might, or might not, mention the word in it, but you will have an element of obscurity about some aspect of your poem.
You can play with the word in its verb form and its noun form. Again, you don’t necessarily have to use the word itself.
You can look the word up and use one of its more obscure (snicker) meanings. I am finding it hard to resist: to reduce a vowel to a neutral sound represented by schwa.
You can track its etymology back to its Indo-European roots meaning to cover, and follow the changes down through the Latin for to make dark, unclear, to the Old French for clouded or gloomy and on down.
You can visit this nifty site I found and after losing yourself for a while in all the possibilities (keep scrolling), write a found poem, a remix, or an erasure, from any, or all parts of the page on obscure.
Artists and photographers consider the word chiaroscuro. That’s right, the -scuro part is from the same root.
Do whatever your brain is telling you, but there should probably be a connection to obscureness.
I will see you Thursday for links — don’t forget this is where I can announce things you want announced; Friday for a continued introduction to the prompt sites we use; and Tuesday for the next prompt.
Happy writing, everyone.