Treasure Island

Lawrence S. Pertillar

(February/'47 / Connecticut, USA)

It Smells So Good and Fresh


Nuts have been cracked from their shells,
And their secret taste now scatters.
The ingredients to flavor on pictured menus shown...
Are not the same,
Brewed by stewed cooks hidden and deranged.
They've been hired to prepare pleasant presentations.
But all guests observing...
Have spotted one among them without class.
And feeding on something,
They find delicious not served to them.
And one of their kind removed his mask and asked:

'What is that you're having?
It smells so good and fresh.
We always accept invitations here...
But this crap we eat is a mess.'

This right here is called Integrity.
Over here is a thick slice of Truth.
You probably got a whiff of this...
This is Self-respect.
And it's Purpose I now slowly chew!

'It must be good?
That's the first time I've seen any of that in here!
Do you mind if I join you? '

No! I don't mind at all!
Just make sure you wash your hands,
Before you sit at my table!
It's important you don't bring any of 'that'...
Over here!
I'm doing the best to keep my 'system' clean!
And with a low profile I have come to enjoy.

Submitted: Thursday, June 07, 2007
Edited: Wednesday, March 09, 2011
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