This is fun, until it wasn’t. I got a retweet from a museum (the Hirschhorn) that was a brain stretcher called oneword. The instructions say to click the go button, a word will pop up, and you’ll get 60 seconds to write about it. I got the word darkroom. I cheated and broke it in half, then wrote this.
no place to hide
can he hear me
dark as pitch
an unscratched itch
I have no freaking idea where that came from or what it even means? Is it a poem from the perspective of an itch? Why did my brain instantly move into rhyme territory? Weird.
Now the unfun part. I glossed over this on the landing page, but this is apparently an Amazon project. “Lit by Kindle” it says, and when you go to the oneword store it’s all about Kindles and Kindle accessories. I misunderstood the “Lit” to be “illuminated” and not “literature.” I should have turned and left the minute I saw the word Kindle. I hate the Kindle. I have my reasons.
But I like the idea. I like the word and the time limit and I may revisit it often just to see what rolls out. I won’t be creating an account (Why do I need to create an account?) or give my information (So they can use it to sell me Amazon stuff?) and I certainly won’t be posting any further oneword experiments at their website (Why? So Amazon can own my writing and use it without permission?) but I will happily use them they way they use other people.
Now I’m off to ponder what it is about darkrooms that causes me to immediately jump to itches…