Lawrence S. Pertillar
Destroying Themselves - Poem by Lawrence S. Pertillar
Each one was given an ax.
To clear the debris on paths they chose.
For the purpose of pursing,
Their dreams and wishes to fulfill.
With the use of an ax to hack away,
And each one began to chop down,
The support and strength they could have had...
From the roots that grew great family trees.
'What on Earth and in God's name,
Are those people doing to themselves? '
~Clearing from them weeds,
They see and believe to be useless debris.~
'But they are destroying themselves,
And their own family trees.'
~Each one is seeking to get attention.
With a wish to win some kind of competition.
Should we stop them to mention,
Their understanding lacks comprehension? ~
What they do makes our renovation process,
Much easier than what we had intended.
Let them finish.
At least it diminishes our plans for diversity.'
~What about that educational component,
We promised to build? ~
'We are not going to change,
The building of a baseball field.
Or the construction of a brewery downtown.
Now we have no need to interpret the meaning.
We'll throw in a few adjoining playgrounds,
For the children.
Just in case some may awaken,
To 'assume' our intentions are to deceive.'
The entire concept is brilliant.~
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