Lawrence S. Pertillar

(February/'47 / Connecticut, USA)

Osmotic Approaches


If one lacks desire to understand,
Another's culture or aspects of it...
What good is the interpretation,
Of a language unknown?
Especially if the people are distanced.
Like a painter who wishes to do it,
Without either the canvas or the paint.

To achieve what purpose is it one seeks?
A comprehension is not revealed,
Without one's committed involvement.
A clarity does not deliver through,
Osmotic approaches as some would choose.
Or one's maintaining of assumptions done.
Some want to have their experieces delivered.

Submitted: Saturday, November 26, 2011
Edited: Saturday, November 26, 2011

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