Internet Has Taken Over Our Neighborhoods

Writing 201 Poetry assignment is: Neighborhood prompt, Ballad form and Assonance device.

Enjoy, Susan…


Internet Has Taken Over Our Neighborhoods


Neighborhoods are small and large,
big and little, friendly and unfriendly.
Social media keeps folks from mingling
one with the other, others with one.

The internet has taken over our neighborhood
with tweets, likes and, G+1’s and Stumbles.
We’ll soon forget how to talk except by text.

Our neighborhood is big in a small way.
It’s called a community but few commune.
Most you see driving in or driving out.
Kids seldom play outside with each other.

The internet has taken over our neighborhood
with tweets, likes and, G+1’s and Stumbles.
We’ll soon forget how to talk except by text.

Most kids are addicted to TV or Kindle or
other tablets that may have fabulous info
but not much chance to communicate
one with the other, others with one.

The internet has taken over our neighborhood
with tweets, likes and, G+1’s and Stumbles.
We’ll soon forget how to talk except by text.

The only communing that occurs in our
community is while eating family meals.
That’s when Kindles, TV’s, Tablets and
computers are turned off ’til dinner’s done.

The internet has taken over our neighborhood
with tweets, likes and, G+1’s and Stumbles.
We’ll soon forget how to talk except by text.

 

 

 

The Cycle of Domestic Violence

Domestic abuse cycle has three distinct phases. By cyclical, I mean the phases recur over and over.

  1. First, tension builds– The batterer starts asserting his/her power over the victim to control the victim’s actions. Batterers set rules for the victim that are impossible to follow. Then, the batterer tells the victim what the consequences are if they break the rules. Some rules include no family contact, money spending rules, and needing to obtain permission. The batterer uses demeaning, degrading and derogatory phrases attempting to “objectify” their victim. This is done because it is easier to commit violence It is easier to be violent toward an “object.” 
  2. Second, Violence– Next is the violent assault which can include physical, emotional, verbal, sexual, etc. The batterer shows uncontrolled violence outbursts. It is the shortest phase of the three but the most dangerous. The batterer decides to teach the victim a lesson leading to injury. The injuries start out as minor such as a slap, a pinch, or hair pulling, but as the cycle continues the violence escalates into a great bodily injury or death.
  3. Third, Honeymoon or Remorse Stage- This is a period of apology, remorse, guilt and promises; the batterer shows his/her best behavior. In light of the obstacles to leaving an abusive relationship  such as low self-esteem, social pressure, lack of finances, social isolation, and threats. Therefore, the victim relies on the hope that the abuse will end. The victim focuses on the honeymoon phase rather than of the abuse. The reality is that the violence tends to escalate as the cycle continues.

There are many types of domestic abuse and violence, but the cycle remains very similar to the above pattern.

Susan…


Reference:

http://www.safepass.org/index.php/want-info/what-is-domestic-violence/cycle-of-violence