Lawrence S. Pertillar

Gold Star - 48,706 Points (February/'47 / Connecticut, USA)

Difficult To Follow - Poem by Lawrence S. Pertillar

If in the making of mistakes made,
And the facing of disappointments done...
Had 'not' been faced to overcome,
With a motivating push and the gritting of teeth...
That needing desire to succeed,
Would not exist inside of me.

Heros in my life I looked up to that inspired,
Meant more to me than being embarrassed...
If I was seen publicly crawling on my knees.
They nor I,
Sought limelight to please...
With egos raised for all to see and praise.

And I remain just as determined today,
To leave a mark more difficult to follow.
Since I want it to be known,
My journey had not been an easy one.
Some may perceive to have others believe.

Although I will admit...
Making it look that way had left me,
Questioning myself with doubts if I should quit.
Quitting is not in my DNA to even consider it.

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, August 12, 2012

Poem Edited: Monday, August 13, 2012

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