Art Imitates Life

Posted by on Apr 24, 2015 in Stories from The Patch

When is the last time you looked at a favorite piece of art or literature in a new way? The Leadership Development teens were challenged to do just that with a writing exercise that helped them analyze and reinterpret some whimsical poems by creating parodies!

Poetry gives us a glimpse into how our kids construct thoughts and convey their messages. By giving them constraints in this project while still allowing creative freedom, we encouraged them to put their personality into a theme they may not have imagined on their own. They were able to create humor in a fairly serious-minded program, and they read their poems aloud to practice their public speaking skills. The Leadership Development teens make presentations throughout the semester, and they often forget to make the presentation memorable or interesting. This exercise helped them to be dramatic, silly, and even vulnerable. It was inspiring to see how the teens evaluated a creative subject and applied their own views and experiences…it’s art imitating life!

Teen pic for poem post

Original Version

If I Were In Charge of the World

by Judith Viorst

 

If I were in charge of the world

I’d cancel oatmeal,

Monday mornings,

Allergy shots, and also Sara Steinberg.

 

If I were in charge of the world

There’d be brighter night lights,

Healthier hamsters, and

Basketball baskets forty eight inches lower.

 

If I were in charge of the world

You wouldn’t have lonely.

You wouldn’t have clean.

You wouldn’t have bedtimes.

Or “Don’t punch your sister.”

You wouldn’t even have sisters.

 

If I were in charge of the world

A chocolate sundae with whipped cream and nuts would be a vegetable

All 007 movies would be G,

And a person who sometimes forgot to brush,

And sometimes forgot to flush,

Would still be allowed to be

In charge of the world.

 

Parody

 

If I Were In Charge of the World

 

If I were in charge of the world

I’d make sure

things that sting

and bite were no longer here

 

If I were in charge of the world

I wouldn’t be scared at night

dogs would talk

and I would build a gigantic house for everyone

 

If I were in charge of the world

food would not be

processed,

and I would

shop

everday

 

If I were in charge of the world

Those cupcakes

sitting in front of me

would be mine

Everyone would brush

and flush

and no one else

would be

In charge of the world