Lawrence S. Pertillar
In Need To Mend...Be Apparent - Poem by Lawrence S. Pertillar
Once a close focus of it,
Begins to soak in...
A noticing of those with low self esteem,
Seems to over-populate...
Many urban environments,
In which demeaning is heard.
As if the intention is done.
And meant with a purpose,
To be displayed and openly seen.
This can be noticed to not avoid,
How those who take steps...
With an effect to better themselves,
Are criticized to be despised...
By a next of kin choosing to lie on them.
As if to character assassinate creates,
An acceptance from others...
Accustomed to showing their children to know,
Self-debasing to discriminate...
Must be kept practiced to enact 'wherever' they go.
And once a close focus of this soaks in,
The ones who begin to notice it...
Make attempts to end their own biases.
But no assistance do they get,
From those who become highly offended...
By anyone who expresses an objection,
To how their dysfunctions and relationships...
Keeps them all divided.
Because they've decided they are not the ones,
In need to mend what to them has been done.
'Aint nuthin wrong with me.
And what my children do,
Aint none of your bizness either.'
Aren't you concerned? ~
'Concerned about what? '
~What you do or don't do,
To express and let it be known.~
'I aint got time for that.
If they can't find what they need to get in school,
What am I suppose to do? '
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