Lawrence S. Pertillar

(February/'47 / Connecticut, USA)

Recommended They Should React


The one coming forward with an explanation,
Of that which was previously said...
To upset the ones objecting to the comments,
Had an intention to correct misunderstandings...
But the one deciding to express an apology,
With a corrected explanation to lower the heat...
Tries to impress with a selected intellect,
With a smile to ensure no one comprehends...
Completely.

And they don't.

However...
Those listening eventually are seen nodding,
As if approving in agreement...
That it's pointless and no reason to remain offended.
Especially if no one remembers what it was said,
As the rumors and gossip fades in their heads.
Or who it was that recommended they should react,
Ignorantly and with defiance to something not a fact.
Yet no one understood but all felt they should respond.

Submitted: Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Edited: Friday, September 20, 2013

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