Blog Posted:1/27/2013 1:06:00 PM
I just put on a poem for our Debbie G. Some comments brought up raised questions I'd like to throw out for some conversation.
After putting on a poem "my pocket knife". I do see a difference in saying a knife as opposed to saying a pocket knife, but realize that some of the more recent generations would not use that connotation, simply from the stigma of using knives harmfully. There isn't much use for a knife these days. I only use mine for a box opener or to open letters, cut string and the like. Once in a while to remove a thorn or briar more likely. When I grew up every kid had a knife. It usually started with a boy scout knife and went from there.
with me always --
For a minute forget about me. Who and what I am and the fact than you know I'm harmless. When you look at my poem; what do you think? Is this poet a callous person. Is he/she a bully. Are they harmful, agrressive, potentially. Or is it just poetry? it all has to do with generational mind set. Do you see someone on the defensive or someone who is offensive. But, then to answer that, some of the soup psychologists might have opposing opinions. Like the half empty, half full thing. From my generation it is just a statement of accepted fact. A knife is a knife whether a pocket knife or a stiletto. But the way it is used determins the extent of it's implied harmfulness. Now even in my generation to say stillato has evil connotation, to say knife is a little less threatening, and pocket knife is like...so harmless. So, I just want your modern conventions on pocket knife, vs. knife vs. stiletto. How does each one of those words grab you. Are there any differences in your feeling at reading either one individually or picturing it in your mind. By the way a stiletto is made usually spring loaded. It has a button when pressed will allow a long blade to come straight out of the end with considerable force.