Haiku 282

Posted: under Alison's Haiku, Daily Haiku.
Tags: , , October 9th, 2009

by Alison

by Alison

Why are boys killing

for no apparent reason

in Suburbia?



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4 Comments »

  • 1

    it isn’t just happening in suburbia… my rural
    community has had a upswing in violent
    crime this past year….perhaps linked
    to economy/ joblessness? raised on video
    games? broken family connections??
    ubiquitous drugs and alcohol??

    – random-

    impulse, their sole guide.

    young men gathered in groups, crave

    escalating thrills….

    Comment by johanna — October 10, 2009 @ 4:38 am

  • 2

    I really want to understand this better. Something violent recently happened in my new state and it is sending a shock and a wake up call to all of us here.

    Who was that Green Czar who was fired and said something controversial about our white boys in the suburbs needing help, too? He was right. Something is amiss…

    Comment by Alison — October 10, 2009 @ 5:24 am

  • 3

    i really think that their boundless young energy would
    be well-addressed by some sort of military alternative-
    organizations like Vista, or the CCC of post ww2.
    public service corps..[.with pay]

    obama is outspoken about service to the community….
    we need public work programs to transform their
    boredom away from drugs and violent behavior
    into much-needed service within in our country.

    Comment by johanna — October 10, 2009 @ 8:04 am

  • 4

    Johanna,

    I think that’s a piece of the pie. Boredom. A feeling of life is meaningless. When I worked in a Brooklyn High School I thought the same of my students – these kids need to be exhausted! And somehow we weren’t doing that. I think sports, athletics are probably also very good. Sports are very empowering and physical activity makes one happy.

    I also heard a Harvard psychologist recently speak about this problem and he cited boys witnessing violence against their mothers as a contributing factor. Also, boys needing at least one person in their lives that will always be that loving, nurturing and supportive person – that person that they can depend on.

    Also, an art teacher spoke at a local radio station and was talking about his male students who live in rural Vermont. He said that they are so taciturn that it is hard to detect who they are, what they are feeling but the art has been an incredible expression for these boys, where usually they express nothing.

    I’m not sure what the solution is but I’m glad Mr. Green Czar was talking about it and I’m sorry that his words were twisted by some. It’s an important enough problem to talk about.

    Comment by Alison — October 10, 2009 @ 12:41 pm

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