Lawrence S. Pertillar

(February/'47 / Connecticut, USA)

More Than Not And Often


More than not and often it may take,
Something dramatic done to someone...
To shake them with intent to snap them awake.
Creating a conflict but not reminisced as a mistake.

A nudge or two isn't remembered.
Like a harsh statement heard to make,
To bring one back again to reality.
From those exits to escape on a daily basis.

Often it may take,
And for some more than not...
An untimely visit with an illness to face.
One did not expect to be experienced to taste.

And even though death comes as a certainty for all,
Impossible it is to chase death away...
Regardless what attempts are made through texting.
Or the immediacy wished for a return of a cellphone call.

A prioritized living with a giving to appreciate,
Is much easier to do when one contemplates...
Without hesitating to procrastinate,
For a time to move when the doing comes too late.

And too many choose today,
To exclude the power of faith that's refused...
With a belief what they do to others to prove,
In time that choice made will eventually fade away.

This may be done but the doing is not true!
Since more than not and often it may take,
Something dramatic done to someone...
To shake them with intent to snap them awake.

A nudge or two isn't remembered.
Like a harsh statement heard to make,
To bring one back again to reality.
From those exits to escape on a daily basis.

'Why did you do that?
Why did you slap me? '

~I swear I heard you begging for it.~

'But you did do it and it came from nowhere.'

~Did it?
Or were you somewhere else? ~

Submitted: Tuesday, November 26, 2013

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