Handing Over Life

Handing Over Life is a poem that I wrote inspired by Ray Bradbury’s The Veldt. My thoughts and ideas behind this poem were simply about how some parents choose to raise their children in today’s world. More specifically, in The Veldt, the children were raised by the nursery and not by their parents. The nursery became a better outlet for sharing their emotions and thoughts, leaving no need or space for a human parent.

Handing Over Life
By: Kelsey Stewart

As a child once so bright,
Now a parent handing over life.
Giving up on laughter, life, love
Simply programming it in to a system to give a child a hug.

Emotions never shown,
Parents in the unknown.
SnapChat now SnapCrack,
Teens hearts breaking trying to play the message back.

Handing over life to the machine we wish we could be,
Believing it can do a better job than me.
The influence of others may impact our lives,
The absence or the presence of someone deciding whether a child will rise.

What does the sun do when the moon is done,
Rising up all smiley and fun?
But what if the sun never shone?
What if it decided that lamps did a better job?
It would be handing over life, leaving it’s children feeling robbed.


The song that I used as background music is titled “Sweet Dreams (Sentimental Piano)” by Evening Relax-Thoughtful Jazz.

2 Comments on Handing Over Life

  1. bbarazzuol
    April 13, 2018 at 6:00 pm (2 years ago)

    Thank you for posting your poetry project based on the short story “The Veldt,” a project for both English 9 and COL (ADL10). I have some observations regarding this piece on a technological perspective.

    – Editing and overall presentation is extremely well done
    – Extremely creative layout of information that is aesthetically pleasing
    – Looks professional in format (music video style)
    – Poem is well-written and represented within the film
    – I love the quick visuals and text, this was BRILLIANT
    – The visuals, text and audio is extremely suitable
    – Multiple categories highlight the short story through an excellent poem
    – Properly posted on your edublog!

    I hope that you enjoyed doing this project and learnt not only about poetry, but also how to use a new technological tool!
    Thank you,

    Mr. Barazzuol
    COL Teacher

  2. Kathy Shong
    April 15, 2018 at 11:57 pm (2 years ago)

    Kelsey – I really liked the direction you took with the theme of technology replacing parental attachments. The video was very creative! Great work!


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