Saturday, April 21, 2012

Still

Stillness deafening
Social media revealing
Images abound

Call of duty, where
Parents stamp authority
Dash all corrupt posts

Masterpiece of old
Still life, gnawing  at art’s door
For recognition

d'Verse - duty calls and Haiku Heights Day22 # 134 - still

21 comments:

  1. hank, this is a really cool piece...i think parents do have a duty to monitor what their kids see....and even social media...maybe even especially...there are far too many on FB that are underage for the rule...and its not harmless and can be tragic for kids honestly...

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  2. Hank, I do like what you did with this prompt. I agree with Brian. Social media can be dangerous for kids too young.

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  3. Gnawing at art's door for recognition is such a wonderful phrase, Hank. I am not sure about the social media part other than that it sounds to me like someone trying to be an artist in the modern age -- a totally different ball game! So interesting. K.

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  4. True, true, true. But I am being cautioned by my children!

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  5. So true. I don't get how parents let the little ones join FB... because "everyone else can," I guess...

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  6. Hank, nice angle to the prompt. I really like the parent's responsibility, and love how you used call of duty, which could be adding a military allusion, but I know some 30 year olds who really need their parents to pull the plug on the call of duty xbox game as well-lol great write. thanks

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  7. Oh, I so get this. I watch my teen on the computer really well. Having fixed a whole bucket load of them over the past 12 years, I know what's what and what isn't okay for kids on there.
    Nice write Hank.

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  8. The social media has changed over the years. We definitely have to watch our children; if not they will perish under all that media trash ~

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  9. What I see here, especially in your final stanza, is the "need for recognition" (particularly in those vulnerable, confusing teenaged years) being expressed online via posting nude pictures. The "masterpiece of old" is a nude "still life"---"gnawing at art's door."

    This well expresses both viewpoints, the parental responsibility and need to protect as well as the youth's desire to be loved and appreciated and also to be expressive and artistic. There is no judgment here; only sharing a story.

    But you may have intended something entirely different.

    rosemarymint.wordpress.com

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  10. Brian - Thanks, and Rightly said. Monitoring is essential in the formative years.

    Mary - Yes agreed we have to

    K - Supervision is too simple with parental control.Can be done in early stages.

    Hank

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  11. oceangirl - yes, kids these days teach us

    Laurie - True it's not one that fits all

    Fred - Surprisingly enough, 30+ and xbox need to be weaned.

    Bren - A great service you've extended to the young minds. needn't worry as much now.

    Grace - General supervision is essential,yes!

    Hank

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  12. Rosemary - Spot on, Ma'am! That's exactly how I thought. The youngsters were so proud of their bodies. They were praised by third parties and forgot themselves.

    Hank

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  13. having three kids growing up with all that social media stuff i found there are many traps to fall in...and not always easy to monitor what they're doing.. so i tried to talk to them a lot and make them sensitive for the bad things around the internet

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  14. Not sure I fully got the second one, but very impressed with the other two. I'll come back later and re-read - probably having a senior moment!

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  15. And Hank, my blog has a new address now and it is on my profile. Thank you Hank.

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  16. There are indeed duties to make sure that our children are safe and protected from harm, not just physically but also spiritually. Glad that you have brought this issue up as one that needs continual vigilance.

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  17. So very true. Too many parents use the tv as a babysitter and never watch what their kids see but are the first to whine when something happens blaming everyone but themselves.

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  18. It's hard to be a parent these days--almost as hard as being a kid! You describe the anxieties well here.

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  19. These ae really good, Hank. I espcially like the last one.

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