Lawrence S. Pertillar

Bronze Star - 5,391 Points (February/'47 / Connecticut, USA)

Absolutely 'Their' Business


Do I have to 'Be' somebody,
Adapting to that which others adopt...
To get respect?

Do I have to dress my best to impress,
And live at a prestigious address...
With others expressing a false etiquette?

Do I really need that kind of respect I do not get.
Because I would rather be real and peaceful,
Within a mindset that provides me rest?

Well...
Perhaps those 'affected' by images projected,
Perceive themselves and others...
Who chase pretentiousness as correct.
And would be considered as worthless beings,
IF approval or acceptance was not to them given...
By those parading to charade in full masquerade.
And in costumes specifically picked to flaunt preferences.

Do I have to 'Be' somebody,
Adapting to that which others adopt...
To get respect?
I wouldn't think so!

But you know...
Today,
With few people knowing who they are or have identities,
Known to them expressed...
I must confess,
As long as I respect myself AND have an identity,
That I will never neglect to regret.
And whether or not I get that from others,
Is not a wish that has entered my mind...
That has left me to wonder about that to waste my time.

What others do to feel that makes life for 'them' real,
Is absolutely their business...
And not mine!

Submitted: Tuesday, July 02, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, July 24, 2013

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  • Veteran Poet - 2,974 Points Veeraiyah Subbulakshmi (7/2/2013 11:50:00 PM)

    I have to agree with what you have written here, but the talent can be identified very easily, what ever make up one chooses to wear..Even with the doctoral degrees and the strings of other qualifications and experience, people make lots of mistakes, the ideas and the knowledge of certain native speakers are sometimes shocking. I have appreciated the knowledge all my life...You are out spoken and might have reflected the thought of many poets here.. This is the entertainment site and I don't thing the site owners do this work for charity, so we have to accommodate the business gimmicks. Take it easy.. (Report) Reply

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