Lawrence S. Pertillar (February/'47 / Connecticut, USA)
Everybody Does It
It seems both absurd and ludicrous,
That a people disconnected...
And apparently unconscious,
Would demand with a seeking of explanations...
As to why their dilemmas exist,
From an implementation they directly initiated.
Yet with their own actions exhibited,
They will continue to defy to deny involvement.
'I am stunned by what they've done.
They must be crazed? '
~What did they do? ~
'They re-acted as if I did something wrong.
And all I did was to talk behind their backs.
Everybody does it.'
~That's what I'm sayin'.
People take character assassinations too seriously.~
'Remember the 'old' days,
When we could destroy someone's reputation...
And they wouldn't take it personally?
We expected relationships to be ruined.
And seeing dudes who became alcoholics,
To then end up in jail was normal.
Do you remember?
It was nothing 'then' to depict them as losers.'
~Yeah I do.
But you can't do that today.
People have become too sensitive and easily offended.~
'That's why the kids are 'nuts'.
They don't know how to have fun like we use to have.
Some people think they are better than that.'
They're all crazy.
One would think words actually hurt others.~
It's the sign of the times.
People are trying to make attempts to live meaningful lives.
What a bunch of nonsense.'
Comments about this poem (Everybody Does It by Lawrence S. Pertillar )
People who read Lawrence S. Pertillar also read
Top 500 Poems
The Road Not Taken
If You Forget Me
Still I Rise
Edgar Allan Poe
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
William Ernest Henley