Lawrence S. Pertillar

Gold Star - 79,119 Points (February/'47 / Connecticut, USA)

$5 A Barrel Of What? - Poem by Lawrence S. Pertillar

Oil?
Now sold at what?
Five dollars a barrel?
This is an immediate sign,
That something is not going too well.
Has anyone communicated this,
To those who chose this direction?
And they seem to be okay with this decision?
There just will be more greed.
With those who once had it made in the shade...
To stand with others who demand to feed their needs.
And you all know how improbable that is going to be?
Who is going to touch us anyway?
All Mercedes will be curbed.
And Bentleys will be driven by those deserving.
Well...
Why the gloomy faces?
Pass the caviar!

'Your Highness?
That was one hundred and five US dollars.'

My god...
Soon we will build heaven on Earth.
Right here in the desert!
When you have no clue of who those are
You choose to fight...
Do not ever pick the ones
To try to trick on their own land!
You only delay
Displaying yourself the fool.

Enough of this rubbish!
Where is the imported champagne?
And raise that to $115 per barrel.
It belongs to us.
They made this 'their' need.
Do as you please!
Have the lox and bagels arrived?


Comments about $5 A Barrel Of What? by Lawrence S. Pertillar

  • Bri Edwards (10/17/2018 7:27:00 PM)

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    i think i 'sent' another piece of comment, but i don't know if you'll get it. it's been a bit of a pain in my to continue sending LONG comments [ now that PH limits size of comments ].

    bri :)

    p.s. have you found lately that PH does not supply a Send Message to click on in order to type a private message (not poem comment or reply to an Inbox message) ? ?
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  • Bri Edwards (10/17/2018 7:25:00 PM)

    (cont.)

    i think i 'sent' another piece of comment, but i don't know if you'll get it. it's been a bit of a pain in my to continue sending LONG comments [ now that PH limits size of comments ].

    bri ;)

    p.s. have you found lately that PH does not supply a Send Message to click on in order to type a private message (not poem comment or reply to an Inbox message) ? ?
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  • Bri Edwards (10/17/2018 7:24:00 PM)

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    the price of caviar? well, don't complain; someone has to catch the fish, squeeze its eggs out, and can them, ship them, etc. etc. i'll take TWO cans. and hold the lox (also a fish product) but i'll take a toasted bagel and cream cheese. make that one for me and one for Lawrence.

    to MyPoemList...i guess. : ( or :) ?

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  • (10/17/2018 3:53:00 PM)

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    the price of caviar? well, don't complain; someone has to catch the fish, squeeze its eggs out, and can them, ship them, etc. etc. i'll take TWO cans. and hold the lox (also a fish product) but i'll take a toasted bagel and cream cheese. make that one for me and one for Lawrence.

    to MyPoemList...i guess. : ( or :) ?

    bri :)


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  • (10/17/2018 3:52:00 PM)

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    i've the feeling this poem has more to offer than i've gotten out of it. i think it is good, but barrel or gallon makes a difference in my outlook.

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  • Bri Edwards (10/17/2018 2:28:00 PM)

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    a gallon of gas for our car costs now about $4.20. a barrel of crude oil, from which 'gas' is derived is now about:
    Brent crude oil spiked higher on Friday to trade above $60 a barrel for the first time in more than two years.

    AND:

    On average a barrel of WTI crude oil produces approximately 20 gallons of gas.

    BUT, don't ask me what brent means or WTI means! ! !

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  • Bri Edwards (10/17/2018 2:17:00 PM)

    made n the shade.... with a lemonade? [i did not make that up, but heard it years ago, as, i assume, L.S.P. did also.]

    i'm undecided. is Barrel meaning this:

    barrel (bbl) 1. Unit of volume for crude oil and petroleum products. One barrel equals 42 US gallons or 35 UK (imperial) gallons...? ? ?
    or do you mean gallon? ? it makes a huge difference in the poem's meaning, which i'm definitely not sure of (now) .

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  • Tan Pratonix (10/25/2017 1:24:00 AM)

    Still maintaining a high degree of wit. Glad to see you back! (Report)Reply

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  • Patricia Grantham (4/9/2015 10:10:00 PM)

    The price of oil is larger than our pocket books or wallets.
    Maybe horse and buggy will return soon, Inspiring Lawrence.
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  • (11/22/2012 7:07:00 PM)

    Loved this. Clever indeed (Report)Reply

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  • (1/12/2012 8:55:00 PM)

    A clever outcry against an ominous situation. Excellent. Love it! (Report)Reply

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  • John Mccullagh (11/1/2009 1:59:00 PM)

    Makes me want to run out an buy a used Prius! (Report)Reply

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  • C. P. Sharma (7/8/2009 10:26:00 PM)

    A poetic concern on the rising price of the fossil fuel that squeezes the existence of the common man. Geat poen on contemporary issue.
    CP
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Poem Submitted: Thursday, March 6, 2008

Poem Edited: Thursday, March 6, 2008


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