Lawrence S. Pertillar

Gold Star - 100,923 Points (February/'47 / Connecticut, USA)

How Is A Protection Done? - Poem by Lawrence S. Pertillar

How is a protection done,
When what is being defended
Is attired is confusing beliefs...
Fostering fear
And nurtured by games,
Aimed with precision to spot enemies!

Disguised terrains depicted,
In high glossed technicolor...
Once clearly evolved from black and white
Assisted by graphs and lifestyles twisted!

Toy guns gifted with radar...
To lift and expose foes from where they are!
Even at night when surprise attacks,
Uncover those sleeping.
Unprepared to be blown from sacks.
Some without shacks to call home!

How is a protection done...
When a false existence,
Creates distance
And a persistence of determined rivalries.
On shores where ancient histories,
Are stripped of truth
To allow the inciting of troops to boost,
Ideals failing!

How is a protection done...
When the source of these conflicts
Ails with a mental disease! ?
Very few perceive this that way!

How is a protection done successfully...
With expectations to overcome,
With a peace understood?
When the very air we breathe,
Continues to pollute concepts believed!

How is a protection done,
When everyone is taught deception...
And defeat of humanity!

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, April 26, 2007

Poem Edited: Saturday, February 19, 2011

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