Lawrence S. Pertillar

Gold Star - 56,834 Points (February/'47 / Connecticut, USA)

Be Restricted To Do This For Months - Poem by Lawrence S. Pertillar

For one hour of mental and physical stress,
One should take a full day...
To just sit and relax with the getting of rest.

Stress ages with a process,
That eventually affects one's peace of mind.
A few have found this to be true.
While others refuse this and do what they choose.

There is nothing more to say,
To the ones in denial and do things their way.
Experience is the teacher,
For those who have learned to obey.

And I would suggest,
To anyone disbelieving with a stubbornness.
Is to wait until that day they become hospitalized.
With wishes to be freed...
From being pricked by needles endlessly.
And forced to take countless x-rays and tests...
By those who probe calling themselves,
Doctors and nurses and interns...
Viewing you naked as 'everything' is exposed.

Being humbled and embarrassed,
For some is a neccessity!

Be restricted to do this for months at a time.
And that's all it will take...
To shaken one awake from a delusioned mind.

Be restricted to do this for months.
And pray a remedy is found...
To keep whispers overheard,
'We are doing our best but let us try 'this' next'...
With the hopes that the 'next' thing,
Is not your untimely death.

For one hour of mental and physical stress,
One should take a full day...
To just sit and relax with the getting of rest.

Unless...
You are the kind who doesn't mind,
Nervously awaiting the results of a test...
That will either prolong your life,
Or announce within days the time of your death.

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, August 11, 2012

Poem Edited: Thursday, October 4, 2012


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