Lawrence S. Pertillar

Gold Star - 56,367 Points (February/'47 / Connecticut, USA)

I Should Have Worded The Question Differently - Poem by Lawrence S. Pertillar

Angry?
Don't be foolish.
Why would I be angry?
Of course I'm not angry.
I don't know why you would even think that of me.

Do I look like the kind that would mind,
Someone stealing my ideas and concepts...
To claim them as their own?

'To be honest...
I really wouldn't know.
Every time I've seen you,
You've had that laughing mask on...
Covering your face from the day we met.'

Well...
Maybe you are right.
I hadn't thought about that.

I should have worded the question differently.

Does my 'voice' sound as if I would be the kind,
That would mind someone stealing my ideas and concepts...
To claim them as their own?

'No not at all.
But I do wonder why,
Your fists stayed balled up the way they do?
Is that normal?
Were you born that way? '

No.
It's my way of processing thoughts.
My doctor says it is a nervous condition.
Don't let it bother you.
I'm taking medication.


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Poem Submitted: Friday, May 13, 2011

Poem Edited: Saturday, May 14, 2011


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