Thursday, February 28, 2008

Totally Optional Prompts - 2/28/08

I thought I would try this site once. This is the first thing that came to mind:

He lacks focus and direction
Inattentive and rebellious
Jumps from task to task
Rowdy and overzealous

He’s disruptive and nonconforming
Insubordinate and defiant
Fidgety and uncentered
Disobedient and noncompliant

There is nothing we can do
To make this boy behave
We’ve exhausted our resources
The situation’s grave

Fortunately Concerta and Prozac
Are available to prescribe
And Lithium and Adderall
May create a more positive vibe

How fortunate is the world
Panacea did not always exist
Or our entire human history
Would have a different twist

Had Da Vinci’s brilliance
Been stifled and denied
Or Edison drugged into a stupor
Constantly glassy-eyed

Had Einstein been blasted
Into a euphoric state
And Mozart over-medicated
With no desire to create

John Grisham was another
Who was hyperactive in school
And the great Sir Isaac Newton
Was thought to be a fool

I think that often genius
Is mistaken for ADHD
Different drummers are not allowed
In our structured society

And as a substitute for parenting
Tough love and discipline
We are too quick to label
And give a dose of Ritalin

I know that some kids suffer
And need help of a chemical sort
But zapping kids into zombies
Should not be a first resort

And if there existed Dexedrine
When I was just a lad
These words would not be written
That could be good or bad


Little Wing said...

So true! I love the line about different drummers, it is so true!!!!!
Great job you did here, what a way with words you have!!!!!!

I am glad these words were written, you rock!!!!

paisley said...

bravo!!!! i wrote a post last week on the same subject matter,, well with a few other inclusions,,,,, but here is a link.. i think you will enjoy it....

this is soon spot,, and the repercussions?? i believe we have yet to really understand the full spectrum of the repercussions of drugging our children into submission....

the bones

SweetTalkingGuy said...

Yeah, that's quite a message really, I'm not sure it's a good idea to hand out drugs to control people. I like the way you made a structured poem to make your point.

keith hillman said...

You spoke a lot of sense
here.Me? I'll keep taking the tablets!

tumblewords said...

Great job on the response - this topic is controversial which is strange - I agree with you - so how can it be controversial? :) The commercials by pharms encourage some drug for everything and the jails are full of people who take drugs. Hmmmm. Really enjoyed your poem and thoughtful post!

missalister said...

Yes, this was an outstanding production, ever as usual insightful and poignant. And RHYMING no less! I enjoyed this so much.

giggles said...

Brilliantly put! I have a real problem with how easily children are drugged today! On the other hand I believe some people with certain mental illnesses need medication. Living with them can be a hell on earth. I speak from experience!
Great subject matter, excellent poem. Really powerful....a brave post!!

Hugs Sherrie

Crafty Green Poet said...

very very true, excellent

Linda Jacobs said...

A sad truth you've written here. My son was hyper in nursery school so I did a little reading and saw that artificial anything and white sugar and flour could cause it. Out went all the junk and I started making my own whole wheat bread, etc. This was back in the 70's when you couldn't buy decent whole grain bread in the stores. Within a month he was normal.

I see kids coming into school with sugar-laced drinks and caffeine, and sweets and so many of them have IEP's because of hyperactivity. It's just easier to give them pills instead of changing their eating habits.

Excellent poem, here! Plus you ussed my all-time favorite word: panacea. I could just say it over and over; it fills the mouth with pleasure!

anthonynorth said...

This was brilliant! And you're so right about genius. I've got a feeling that the only thing that separates a genius from a crank is acceptance.

Robin said...

Hear hear!

UL said...

This is very touching for me, you have raised a very good point...stay away from drugs as much as possible...

Anonymous said...

Excellent way to tell the truth. Let's drug all the kids down so they become less productive so parents and teachers won't have to get out of their chairs and deal with wit, humor, and conversation.
Then no one will have to be embarassed about them asking questions that they can't answer. And now that we have veggie them out we may never get the answers.
Well stated and extremely well written. ADHD is actually very rare.
Miss Rose

myrtle beached whale said...

Sugar is like catnip to kids. I know that some people actually have problems that need drugs for treatment but some adults take great pride in labeling themselves to avoid participating in society. It is like, "hi, my names Bob, I am bi-polar."

Rae Trigg said...

Wow. I agree with you whole-heartedly. I think our society is a little too eager to drug people into mindless obedience, especially children. Very powerful poem - the images added even more power to the punch.

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

very interesting! hi, i'm bee and i'm an empress! ha ha...

smiles, bee

GreenishLady said...

This is so true. It really scares me to realise how quick they seem to be to medicate liveliness or the rebellious nature in a child.

sister AE said...

I'm glad you wrote this message.

suchsimplepleasures said...

what a wonderful poem!! i am the mother to a child with adhd...along with some other issues. we tried to not medicate him...and, it was terrible!! so, while he happens to be a really smart was not coming out of him without medication!! most of the meds that we have put him on...they don't really make him comatose...sometimes, i wish they did, though!! ;)
that was awesome!!

Stan Ski said...

Conforming kids, or performing seals? We each have our own way of expressing ourselves. Perhaps unfortunately, we're often required to be 'approriate'.

Pinehurst in my Dreams said...

Poignant. Society likes conformity to perceived normalcy, and genius is not normal.

Anonymous said...

Wow! I missed this the first time round and actually just stumbled on it. How ironic! You wrote this before we even came close to knowing the extent of Carson's challenges. I agree entirely and this is what I beleive Dr Brunstetter is afraid of doing. Amazing. Love ya. Carly