Treasure Island

Lawrence S. Pertillar

(February/'47 / Connecticut, USA)

Guilt Seldom Ever Benefits


It doesn't matter who admits with reason and why...
Guilt seldom ever benefits.
No...
It doesn't matter who denies and found out to lie...
Guilt seldom ever benefits.
And...
When the morning dawns,
All dew...
May disappear,
But...
It doesn't matter how creative those alibis...
Guilt seldom ever benefits.
And...
No matter who is kneeling with tears in their eyes,
The guilt seldom ever benefits.
And...
When the morning dawns,
All dew...
May disappear.

It doesn't matter who admits with reason and why...
The guilt seldom ever benefits.
No...
It doesn't matter who denies and found out to lie,
That guilt seldom ever benefits.
And...
When the morning dawns,
All dew...
Disappears,
But...
It doesn't matter how creative those alibis,
Guilt seldom ever benefits.
And...
No matter who is kneeling with those tears in their eyes,
A guilt seldom ever benefits.
And...
When the morning dawns,
All dew...
Disappears.

No matter who is evil,
And worship under steeples...
Nobody guilty seldom benefits.
And...
When the morning dawns,
All dew...
May disappear.
But...
No matter who is evil,
And worship under steeples...
Guilty people seldom benefit.
And...
When the morning dawns,
All dew...
May disappear.

Submitted: Thursday, July 25, 2013
Edited: Friday, July 26, 2013

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  • Peter Vector (7/25/2013 11:57:00 PM)

    The message rings true, indeed. I must say I enjoyed the lines:

    No matter who is evil,
    And worship under steeples...
    Nobody guilty seldom benefits.
    And...
    When the morning dawns,
    All dew...
    May disappear.

    Also, I love the use of repetition in the piece, it really had a feeling of resonance or even an echoing of some sort. (Report) Reply

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