Lawrence S. Pertillar

(February/'47 / Connecticut, USA)

Requests Expected


Often I am asked to read,
The works of others...
To then leave comments.
And I wonder what it is,
That is wished from me to say?

I had once did this with a giving of interest,
Only to offend with that intention not meant.
And has been for years,
I make no comments...
That may offend those who request them.

As a writer I explore the unknown as I envision.
I don't have the expertise,
To think of myself as a critic to critique.
Nor do I wish to have my visions disputed.
Knowing from where they came to not have them explained.

Often I am asked to read,
The works of others...
To then leave comments.
And I wonder what it is,
That is wished from me to say?

And if I should say nothing,
This is taken in the wrong way.
And if I should respect a request...
High is the expectation,
When the doing I offer upsets with less.

Submitted: Friday, June 20, 2014

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