Treasure Island

Lawrence S. Pertillar

(February/'47 / Connecticut, USA)

Observing 'Their' Ways


I remember the elders.
And observing 'their' ways.
'Don't do as I do!
You do as I say.'
And today I comprehend,
What it was they did not mention.
To leave my eyes glued on them to stay fixed.

And I did my best to pay attention.
I really did.
With a listening intently.
To learn from them,
As I was taught many lessons.
Not to do what they did anyway.
With a finding of other ways to do it better.

I remember the elders.
And observing 'their' ways.
When to me they had said,
'Don't do as I do! You do as I say.'
To learn from them,
As I was taught many lessons.
With a finding I could do what they did even better.

Submitted: Saturday, July 20, 2013
Edited: Monday, July 22, 2013

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