Lawrence S. Pertillar

Bronze Star - 5,408 Points (February/'47 / Connecticut, USA)

Intimidation Feeds My Initiative

I have come to face obstacles and opposition,
For so long that my appearance may seem nonchalant.
Or my willingness to be hospitable,
With the giving of compliments is not expected.
I sometimes empathize with those who believe,
I have just arrived on the scene to be easily intimidated.
Especially when folks like these have no idea,
Intimidation feeds my initiative.
And at this age I've been blessed to witness...
It was not done on the run as I chased rainbows.
But I will admit to sharing a few delusions with adversaries.
Who came to laugh in my face after being invited into my home.
That's how hospitable I can be to someone I 'know' is a demon.
To not let it be known I know exactly who 'they' are.

Submitted: Friday, July 04, 2014

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