So creatively I have been a little dormant but with the help of and expanding on the ideas of Mr. Ken Sambury for a short film for Trinidad & Tobago Smartphone Film Festival. Unfortunately, we were not able to submit the film on time. But nonetheless, here is the final script we agreed upon. Mr Hot Shot
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I know I have been dormant for a while. But I decided that I should try to attempt short stories, poems, skits etc in addition to what I hope to unveil hopefully soon. In lieu of this, You Grew Up is another little poem I wrote. I hope you enjoy.
I had been sitting on this one for a little while since it may be featured in a novel I’m working on. But I had been encouraged to post it. You can say it is a teaser of the novel.
As usual don’t be shy with the comments.
I’m pretty certain I’m a cynic when it comes to love and happily ever afters. This was my thoughts on the matter at a time in rhyme, when many were pretty doe eyed. I borrowed a stanza from Destiny’s Child rendition of the bible’s definition of love.
Working on something for this. As soon as I’m done you’d be the first to know. Thank you all for your support. It really keeps me going and writing.
Sexual abuse is just one of the many forms of abuse that children endure. ‘The Unheard Voice of Tears’ was written by Charlotte because she thought that it was the only way for her mother to understand and listen to her.
I decided to write a piece on steps which can drive an average teenager, like herself, to committing suicide. I felt that I needed to give the victims a voice so that people especially the perpetrators of this heinous crime, could see the anguish they cause. I chose this genre because it personalizes the issue and helps the reader to understand better how this atrocious act can affect the victims.
In the Communications Studies portfolio I hoped to bring across the severity of the child abuse crisis. In some cases like in ‘Battered Not Broken’ there is a happy ending. But in others, as in ‘The Unheard Voice of Tears’ there is only sorrow, pain and destruction left in its wake.
It is true that some degree of discipline is needed for a better upbringing of today’s youth and by extension, today’s society. But how far does discipline go before the abusive line is crossed? It is true, too, that abused children become abusive people and abusive parents. When will the cycle then end?
We need to be able to observe, understand and relate to the abused mind and help stop the abuse from continuing the next generation before we all end up in a world of abuse.
Child abuse, in my opinion, is one of the major crises that we as human beings have to deal with. Adults who have been abused as children have been known to be at the root of other major problems such as crime, mental illnesses and suicide. They may also become abusers in future relationships.
Therefore I decided that, as one of our most important problems in our society-or any society for that matter, I based a Communications Studies portfolio theme on ‘Child Abuse’.
My reflective pieces included a diary entry titled ‘The Unheard Voice of Tears’, a dramatic piece titled ‘Battered But Not Broken’ as well as a rational for each of the two pieces.
I have chosen child abuse as my theme because, as a child of the Caribbean, one is only too aware of the ‘abuse’ children are subjected to because their parents want what is best for them or do not know any better as that was the way they were treated in their childhood. As a budding psychologist, I have chosen this subject because it has been a main root cause of psychopathic behavioral patterns and it is interesting to try to understand the minds of those who may just be labelled mentally unstable instead of learning their problem and trying to help them.
‘Battered But Not Broken’ is a dramatic piece to demonstrate the physical and emotional changes that may be observed with an abused child.
The purpose of this piece is to highlight, to the audience, the awareness of their rights to ‘divorce’ their parents if they are in an abusive environment. In addition it shows how you can recognize the signs of a victim and how you can reach out to help. The piece could be used for public broadcasting to help demote child abuse in the family unit.