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Timid Storms- Mini Inquiry Poetry Project

Timid Storms

By Deena Lakher

When you blow dandelions away

They follow the wind without delay

Like it’s telling them where to go, how to go, when to go

No minds of their own, just following blindly,

expressions on their faces show dismay

but they don’t speak up as if they have nothing to say

 

Volcanic eruptions, ride through life like trains of sorrow

swallowing voices as the sizzling lava flows

of people who have a say,

but they know a say is not good to have anyway

 

Tornado’s breaking through buildings

as voices struggle to break through the walls that hold them back,

thorns, vines, treacherous

illusions to the eyes of humanity

causing silent insanity

 

These timid storms roar in silence

They want something done

But sit still and try ignoring the violence

Instead of standing loud with their surreptitious defiance

 

Life for them ain’t been no crystal stair

Eyes searching the room full of despair

A change they want to see

But the change they will not help to be

 

Sitting by the window sill

The sound of silence, the growing fear

For the timid storms they are

Only seem small from a far.

Timid Storms Video:

 

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Rationale

‘Timid Storms’ by Deena Lakher is a free verse poem that focuses on the question of why we are afraid of change or the unknown. The title of the poem is an oxymoron that represents how humanity can create a positive change in our society but are too afraid of unknown troubles to do so. The couplet “A change they want to see…but the change they will not help to be” implies how we all want to see a change but won’t do anything to make it happen. We want others to put in the work for us and expect immediate results. The poem reveals how society expects certain things from everyone but are too set in their ways to be able to create the positive impact we need in the world. The personification “these timid storms roar in silence” demonstrates the power of an individual, and what one can do with all that power but chooses not to use, due to the irrational fear of change humanity has. Deena Lakher has referenced ‘Message for humanity’ by Charlie Chaplin as it is a video revealing what society needs and wants. As well as where we will never get if we don’t step up and stop hiding behind our fears and excuses to fight for and create a beneficial change in our everyday lives. Deena Lakher’s poem “Timid Storms” really brings up the main idea in the last two lines of the poem: “For the timid storms they are…Only seem small from a far.” This, once again expresses the power an individual can have, as well as the power all of society can achieve if we only find the confidence and strength needed to do so.

Blog Log #3

Is making useless items more important than it seems?

Is making useless items worth more than it seems to be? When I first saw this Ted Talk I thought it was an interesting and unique topic. One of my favourite things about it is that this Ted Talk seems a lot less important than it really is. Though it seems like the speaker, Simone Giertz, is just making useless robots for fun, there’s another reason behind it. I like that the speaker uses description and humor to reveal past troubles she’s faced and how she got through it by making these robots and machines. She explains how she got over the fear of failing by making devices meant to fail in the first place, helping with her performance anxiety. The speaker thinks of creative ways to deal with everyday problems all kinds of people face and passes her knowledge onto the viewers. This Ted Talk relates to my everyday life quite a bit, as the problems the speaker points out are very common troubles my friends and I face daily, such as: worrying about your grades, feeling stupid, having to talk in front of large groups of people, etc. The speaker has created this new way of getting through difficult obstacles in life that she would otherwise struggle with and encourages the audience to see that we don’t always know exactly what to do, but that’s okay. We should all just take a little bit of time to think of a creative way to take some pressure off ourselves and allow ourselves to be more enthusiastic in general. Doing that will not only make us more successful, but also allow us to be creative and give us the opportunity to be more relaxed when having to face difficult situations.

Ted Talk I watched:

Blog log 2

Blog log 2

Do siblings make us more empathetic?

Does having siblings make you more empathetic? That is what the author of the article suggests when she writes about the influence that younger and older siblings have on each other. What interested me about this article, is that having a sibling usually means fights, yelling, arguments, and other difficulties relating to patience and understanding each other’s perspectives. This is why it is so surprising to hear that having brothers or sisters can actually make you kinder, more respectful, and understanding than you would otherwise be. As well as the author revealing her own thoughts about how younger siblings can also impact and influence their older siblings. Not just the other way around. I admire the authors writing because she brings up very good points about the topic, and is clearly very knowledgeable about what she’s writing about. As well as providing the proper research she discovered to understand more about the way siblings are influenced by each other. This is similar to my life because I have a younger sister who I am constantly around. My sister and I have times when we get along, but also times when we can’t stop arguing. This makes me wonder, if having a sibling makes us more empathetic and kind than we might have been as an only child, does it also make us more impatient? I am curious about this because siblings seem to be more ill-tempered with each other from time to time in common television shows and literature, as well as everyday life. Does having siblings also develop negative traits as well as positive? Raising children isn’t only the parent’s responsibility, it is up to the other children to help raise their siblings, explains the author. Having a sibling is sometimes difficult, but they help you develop the important traits you will need to succeed later in life.

Article: http://bigthink.com/the-conversation/new-research-shows-siblings-can-make-you-more-empathic

Digital Rift- Veldt Poem

 

What inspired me to write this poem is how everyone is always on their phones and other electronics. We are not only becoming lazier, but also less social because we are constantly given an easy way out. I think that the points I brought up in this poem have a lot to do with what’s going on in the world today, and makes you think about where we will eventually, mentally be if this continues.

 

Digital Rift

What used to be connection

Is now a reflection of the past.

What was the sound of thumping feet, has been replaced with lonely streets.

Kids in playgrounds formerly swinging,

Now all I hear are cell phones “ringing.”

We used to talk face to face.

Now the only faces I see are covered in filters and edits.

Nothing is real.

It’s a fake world that we’re making up to make ourselves seem more interesting.

But what really interests me is that we used to speak in person.

Our lives were raw and creative.

Now our creations are making us dull.

I feel stuck, frozen.

Frozen in time, as if nothing exists unless there’s a picture to prove it happened.

We live in a world where face to face automatically means Skype, or face time.

Where you can pause or mute someone’s voice if you’re bored of the conversation.

A voice that you otherwise wouldn’t hear in person, since you’re too busy snap chatting.

The room is quiet, though it’s filled with people.

Crowded but isolated, everyone on their own.

Like an unsolved puzzle with many missing pieces.

But no one has noticed the roaring silence in the room, through their plugged in headphones.

Our best friends are practically strangers to us.

But though we’re talking online all the time, we just walk by one another in the hallways, without a second glance.

Instead, we’re looking down at our phones in case we missed any notifications while we were in class.

In a class where almost everyone is secretly texting.

We post a selfie and expect countless likes.

The influence of others shown through their comments.

It changes our self-worth depending on how much praise we get.

Impacts our lives so strongly, silent bombs exploding at our feet.

We have connections to everyone, everywhere.

We are so fortunate that almost anything we could ever want is at our fingers reach.

But our fingers are reaching for our phones to get the latest Instagram update.

Because why would we need to do things ourselves, when we can simply swipe our fingers over a screen?

Why go shopping, if you can click two buttons and get everything delivered?

Why put so much effort into talking to someone,

Whose eyes are two seconds from darting back to the bright, square screen we call helpful?

Though if we really wanted to be helped, we would stop for a moment.

Stop and realize what’s going on outside our apps and text messages.

Because, if we don’t, soon enough the only talking we will be doing is through emoji’s.

But by then, we would’ve forgotten what a playground is anyway.

 

 

 

Blog log 1

Is Meaning More Important Than Happiness?

Is there more to life than just being happy? Previous to watching this TED Talk I thought happiness was the most important thing in life. I have now realized that might not be true. The most valuable thing you will possess in life is not having joy, it is having meaning. What I found so compelling about this TED Talk is the fact that the author is coming from a completely different perspective to what a lot of others believe. Contrary to most people saying happiness is the only valuable thing you need in life; the author suggests a different idea. She reveals the four pillars of meaning to everyone listening. Them being belonging, purpose, transcending, and storytelling. We all try and find countless tips and tricks to be happy; we think that expensive things and fancy jobs will bring us pleasure, and are always surprised when they don’t, but the key to happiness is actually meaning, and through that, purpose. The author used a lot of description, and imagery in her speaking and referenced the topic back to her own life, and upbringing quite often. This TED talk reminds me of events that go on in my everyday life as well, knowing people who aren’t in the best situations. I can now see that is not about having a lack of happiness, it is about having a lack of meaning in their lives. After all, having meaning can get us all much farther than being joyous can. Our goal as humanity is happiness, but once we get there, where else is there to go? We might find ourselves wondering, “Is this all there is?” If we have meaning in our lives that means we have a purpose, we have a reason to do wonderful things, and most importantly, we have a “why.”  

Ted Talk:

https://www.ted.com/talks/emily_esfahani_smith_there_s_more_to_life_than_being_happy#t-138317

 

 

Inquiry post 1: FEC

 

The Friday Everything Changed relating to our society

Inquiry questions:

  1. How does fear of rejection stop individuals from expressing their true selves?
  2. How do friendships and connections boost our confidence?
  3. Why do some people choose to accept their fate (determinism) while others try to create their own (free will)? Or What is the outcome when people choose to ….?

 

The Friday Everything Changed is a story about gender roles, and equality rights. The protagonist of the story was Alma Niles. But a simple girl, in an ordinary classroom, who chose to change her rights, as well as the rights of her other female classmates she was unknowingly representing. Just as Malala did in the quote from Malala story. Malala knew she was representing all the girls who didn’t have the rights to go to school unlike the boys. She kept trying to create a change no matter what danger she was in. That links back to what Alma did for the girls in her school. Just as Malala, Alma also did a selfless act that started something great. She stood up and asked if girls could do something that only boys were known to do, and taught to do since they were young. She believed that the world could change for the better. In Meet Andrée Geulen, the teacher knew there might be consequenses to hiding, and helping Jewish kids, but she knew it was the right thing to do. She did not give them away even through all the trouble she experienced. This relates a lot to The Friday Everything Changed because when Alma spoke the words, “Why can’t girls go for the water too?” she knew her offer would likely be rejected, yet stood her ground through all the troublesome challenges her character had to face. Though we have progressed, and improved from the time of the story line, our perceptions still need to change, and all we need is for people to do it. Though it seems elementary, people nowadays are too anxious and fearful to become a unified front, and stand up in the face of rejection. Even though we should recognize that we must change. We have to achieve strenth in numbers. Togetherness makes us stronger, than we ever thought we could be. That is how we will rise above gender roles, and evolve into a world and community that we would all prefer and desire to be part of. We must strive for better opportunities, for equality in every aspect of our lives, and for the chance to be able to take our fate into our own hands instead of letting outlived traditions go on as they have been, much to our dismay. We could all learn from Alma’s seemingly simple, yet meaningful actions, to achieve great things, beyond anything we thought we could accomplish. We, as humanity, have to start somewhere, and take actions for the things we know need to change, to be changed, in the way we hope them to become. Sadly, way too often, we just talk about our concerns in our isolated groups of friends, making very little progress in the process. Just as the girls did in The Friday Everything Changed, perhaps all we need in our society, and culture, is one voice to speak up first. To inspire us all to stick together, listen and learn from each others perspectives and ideas, gaining experience, and achieving what is truly important to all of us, as a whole. Maybe, coming together as a united front is the only way to rid us of our fears of rejection, and give us the strenth, determination, and persistence, to truly create a positive change in our lives, as well as the lives of everyone around us. Hopefully we can eventually surpass challenges of societal roles to rise above common expectations and afflict a positive shift in our society. 

 

 

  • Deena L.