Lawrence S. Pertillar

Gold Star - 96,842 Points (February/'47 / Connecticut, USA)

Do Not Threaten Them - Poem by Lawrence S. Pertillar

I can not teach these children anymore.
They are like animals.

Whatever you do,
DO NOT threaten them.
Let's go to the teacher's lounge.
I've got mints and a bottle of scotch.'

I don't drink.
Use 'crack' or smoke weed.

'And you 'think' you will survive,
Teaching these kids?
Take this.'

What is it.
Your business card?

The telephone number,
Of my psychiatrist.
Make a decision to choose,
Which one is more effective...
Than having negative publicity.
And sitting in a prison defending your sanity.
Or letting a group of dysfunctional kids,
Supported by their disrespecting parents.'

Do I chew the mints,
Before or after I drink the scotch.

'Do both.
Stay away from vodka and orange juice.
I tried that when I first started,
And passed out.
That's the only time the kids were quiet.
It frightened me.'

Frightened you?

'When I awakened in the hospital,
They all showed up smiling.
As if they could not wait,
To get me back into the classroom.
I knew 'then'...
It was time to change my brand of liquor.'

Topic(s) of this poem: reality

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, April 9, 2015

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