Lawrence S. Pertillar

Gold Star - 63,056 Points (February/'47 / Connecticut, USA)

In It I Trust - Poem by Lawrence S. Pertillar

I have felt pain.
But there was nothing to gain,
By a prolonged weeping to achieve.

I have been treated as if I did not exist.
By those I loved devotedly.
And laid to share a nakedness with.

Names I have been called,
Some of which were within listening distance.
As if I had been born,
Without feelings felt to experience.

I have had lows.
To make anyone's bottom,
Appear to be 'up' for me.

But...
Such faith I have and in it I trust.

I have felt pain.
But there was nothing to gain,
By a prolonged weeping to achieve.

I have learned many times to get up off my knees.
And to step over obstacles left to leave behind.
With a looking forward I do as I keep this belief...
My best to give is only for those knowing,
In the giving of it that is shared...
There is a mutual deserving of it to cherish.

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, December 25, 2011

Poem Edited: Monday, December 26, 2011


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