Lawrence S. Pertillar

Gold Star - 81,510 Points (February/'47 / Connecticut, USA)

Adventure - Poem by Lawrence S. Pertillar

My grandfather, Charlie
Began that family trait!
He had a moving company...
The first of its kind,
In a city that draped its hate!
They didn't say it openly,
But it was known to segregate.
And Charlie did the best he could,
To see his family didn't suffer and ate!
And the family grew to be much more than eight!
By the time I was eight my grandma and pop...
Had popped out eighteen!
My uncle Gay Hall and aunt Virginia,
Were the last to dropp on this scene!
And Charlie saw it well,
That grandma never worked...
She had raised Twenty-one of her own.
And it was always an adventure then,
To see who would love...and to see who love would hurt!
To watch mama and papa take care of their kin!
Nothing what I've done has ever been
That adventurous to be driven
To protect AND defend!
Not to us who didn't know
What we know now but not back then.
Not back in those days!

Nothing what I've done
Has been that adventurous on my plate!
I'm glad my grandpa gave me a little taste of my fate.
I guess my grandpa left me something,
I could easily matter what the debate.
Easily if not injected with a bit adventure in my blood...
And 'gifts' he left me I will always respect!
And much appreciate!
Because of my grandpa,
Any adventure from a kindred center,
Growing with it and letting it create!
I've always wanted that next adventure....
To be the very best...and giving me the shakes!
Thinking of adventure as something to expect!
Wanting more each time its done.
Wanting it just like sex! I guess.

Nothing what I've done of late...
Has made me want adventure less!
Nothing I can remember in September.
When it begins to become cool and shady!
And just 'maybe'...
I'll suspect and seize the adventure in October,
If it presents and these attached
Grandpa family tied 'adventurements'
Don't drive me crazy!
Sometimes we have to give time just to be lazy!
To rest and refresh!

Special thanks:
Diane Violet
For the closing line in this poem!
AND I've since 'added' onto 'that line'!
Thanks again, Dee...
~for 'refresh'~

Comments about Adventure by Lawrence S. Pertillar

  • (8/15/2009 10:51:00 AM)

    Hi Lawrence,

    My, you're a prolific poet!

    I like this one, the story you tell, the truth in your words.


    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • (10/1/2006 5:09:00 PM)

    I like this ending, we have the luxury to be lazy and refresh.
    All the best, Diane

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • (10/1/2006 9:57:00 AM)

    I'm speechless and honored. Thank you Lawrence.

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • (10/1/2006 6:18:00 AM)

    Ladies and gentlemen of
    What Diane Violet has stated in her opening line to me I've snapped up and made
    it the closing line in this poem! Removing my original line completely!

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • (10/1/2006 5:52:00 AM)

    Suspect and seize the adventure in October if it presents. Wishing you the suspense of adventurism, not sure if that's a word but it sounds good :) .
    All the best, Diane

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
Read all 5 comments »

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Poem Submitted: Sunday, October 1, 2006

Poem Edited: Thursday, September 30, 2010

Famous Poems

  1. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  5. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  6. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  7. Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  8. Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep
    Mary Elizabeth Frye
  9. I Do Not Love You Except Because I Love You
    Pablo Neruda
  10. Television
    Roald Dahl
[Report Error]