Lawrence S. Pertillar

Gold Star - 94,564 Points (February/'47 / Connecticut, USA)

Aren'T You All Neighbors? - Poem by Lawrence S. Pertillar

If I consume more than my neighbor,
And squander my feeding at their expense...
To then expect for them to remain silent,
As they pay more for the construction of my fence.
Or the fixing of cracks on pavements I travel,
Without my offering a single cent.
Why should I be disturbed by their nonsense?

Yet I am the first to advocate the raising of rents,
To keep certain 'elements' away from me and distanced.
Should I get upset the request I pay higher taxes,
On my property that has been re-assessed?
Since I am more accustomed to live high on the hog,
While others around me find it difficult to live on less?

'But...
Aren't you all neighbors?
And aren't you all sharing the same amenities offered? '

I am a conservative.
I am not one of those 'liberals' seeking a hand-out.
I am entitled to be served.

'But...
Aren't you all neighbors?
And aren't you all sharing the same amenities offered? '

I am a conservative.
I am not one of those 'liberals' seeking a hand-out.
I am entitled to be served.

If I consume more than my neighbor,
And squander my feeding at their expense...
To then expect for them to remain silent,
As they pay more for the construction of my fence.
Why should I be disturbed by their nonsense?

'But...
Aren't you all neighbors? '

Why should I be disturbed by their nonsense?


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Poem Submitted: Thursday, September 6, 2012

Poem Edited: Friday, September 7, 2012


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