Lawrence S. Pertillar

Gold Star - 54,673 Points (February/'47 / Connecticut, USA)

Either Way - Poem by Lawrence S. Pertillar

I am dedicated to producing,
The best work I can.
And excuses to make not to do this,
To leave mediocrity for someone else...
With a belief what I've done,
Represents my interest I approve...
To be left accepted,
Will only expose how I feel about myself.

And to do that to be expected,
By others...
Is not the reason I make every attempt,
To silence critics prepared to diminish...
My efforts to endeavor as nonsense.

Either way...
I find myself more motivated,
Whatever the comments of me are being made.
Ridiculous with intention or not.

No one really knows,
What your best of an effort to make is? '

You are right.
Since 'my' interpretation of medicority,
May leave them with belief...
I have produced my best endeavor,
That seeks their critique.
I like that.
Thank you.

'But in all fairness,
What are your feelings about mediocrity? '

The same.

'Meaning...? '

They will remain unchanged.
Boring is a life lived without a bit of controversy.
And controversy is what critics enjoy.
Am I not correct?

'How can you say this to know that? '

I have been dedicated to listening.
With a developed comprehension....
That has assisted my efforts to endeavor,
My understanding of what mediocrity is,
For many years.
But never have I been gifted with such clarity.

'By who? '

Didn't you hear me thank you,
For your assessment?

Topic(s) of this poem: life

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, December 9, 2015

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