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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Social Media (12/01/11)

TITLE: Close the Book
By Kelvin Fowler
12/14/11


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Ain't nothin' social
about facebook for kids
it is a dangerous den
of treachery and trickery

Yet eleven, twelve year olds
suffering the torment
of hormones and peer-pressure
pressure their mums
to perjure themselves
and open the book

Realise this
understand this
facebook
prohibits
under thirteens
for a reason
that grown-ups
should be
grown-up enough to
understand

Dwelling in the
shadows
of their laptops
kids like adults
take on new personae
and start pursuing
people's weaknesses
harassing them
status'ing them
with words
they shouldn't
understand

Friending themselves
to pornography
using phones and laptops
to snap their young
seductive images
to be viewed
by friends
friend's friends
or the public

Links to youtube
to view the latest
teen sexual bullying video
where kids can laugh
comment abuse

This is the social history
on-line resumé
cyber-trail
and legacy
that we are gifting
our children
to deal with in their future

Yet parental peer-pressure
casts aside common-sense
and once again
a fear of not being
as cool as the next
pricks but not punctures
another mum's conscience
thus allowing her child
to commit socialside

Years later she reads
of her little darling's crimes
in the local paper
and wonders why
she never woke up
and closed the book.




With the exception of the last stanza this poem is based on true events.


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CD Swanson 12/15/11
This was an interesting read and sad at the same time. It held the ring of truth throughout, so I was not surprised at the ending when it informed the readers it was based on a true story.

Nicely done - thank you.
God Bless~
Benjamin Graber12/16/11
This is a good poem with a strong message. Excellent job.
I think your message could be even more powerful if you added just a bit more imagery and/or poetical elements. Even still, though, I really think you hit the nail on the head. Parents need to heed this message.