Lawrence S. Pertillar

(February/'47 / Connecticut, USA)

No! I Don't Think So


Did I learn to be respectful,
With a doing of my very best...
Regardless of decisions I made,
To take steps unafraid in any direction.
To then be followed by anyone I allowed,
To prove to me their ability to disrespect?

No!
I don't think so.

Did I journey to places near and far,
To make and recover from mistakes I've made...
Without picking up a few experiences,
To know a maturity and wisdom I've gained.
And doing this along the way.

Did I not identify my purpose to validate,
A traveling on paths to remove obstacles I faced...
To remove out of my way.
And did I not tolerate with patience others unaware,
I had been 'there' myself.
And familiar with an understanding,
Where they were to comprehend.

Did I learn to be respectful,
With a doing of my very best...
To then be followed by anyone I allowed,
To prove to me their ability to disrespect?

No!
I don't think so.
At least I don't remember being that foolish,
Or unconscious.

Submitted: Wednesday, May 08, 2013
Edited: Thursday, May 09, 2013

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