Lawrence S. Pertillar (February/'47 / Connecticut, USA)
At Their Most Happiest
The odds are against you witnessing them,
At their most happiest.
'Your hospitality overwhelms.
I am excited with expectation.
I can tell already you exaggerate.'
You will get your expectations fulfilled.
This I promise.
You see it's like this...
They are at their most happiest,
When criticizing what is done by others.
Especially those efforts made and suffered,
By others to get things around here accomplished.
'Then why do they seem so gloomy and sad? '
Those efforts suffered to make by others,
Had brought to them hidden benefits.
With more of them they wish they had.
And what has happened to those hidden benefits? '
What would you do if your efforts were abused and refused?
Begin to sing the chorus from, 'We Shall Overcome? '
'Me? I'd split.
So what have they done or doing to improve,
Their relationships with those who had brought to them...
Hidden benefits? '
They have been doing their best to convince,
Those who did the suffering...
With efforts made to provide hidden benefits,
By apologizing with a hope to be forgiven.
And what was done in the past will be forgotten.
Have they succeeded? '
I would say yes.
Since those who once suffered,
With a producing of their efforts done in the past...
Are certainly not the fools to repeat them.
You will not get to notice their genuine smiles.
'And why is that? '
If you are genuine and happy with a peace of mind,
Would you be making more or fewer public appearances?
'I don't know how to respond to that.'
Enjoy your visit.
I can't promise you it will be jaw dropping.
To overwhelm unexpectedly.
But you will have experiences to remember.
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