Lawrence S. Pertillar

Gold Star - 74,355 Points (February/'47 / Connecticut, USA)

Instead Of Portraying Togetherness - Poem by Lawrence S. Pertillar

Haven't we once touched upon this before?
Haven't we both together paced...
Back and forth upon these floors?
Haven't we sat,
In corners...
Facing closed doors latched?
Quietly dispatched to a matching silence,
We attracted in defiance!

Didn't we have our backs against the walls...
Calling out to one another,
In faint whispers no one now recalls?

As darkness descended upon each other....
Discovering then we both needed to begin anew,
Perhaps with someone other.
Like so many have done and do!

You promised that to me...
And I promised that to you!

Why are we now struggling,
In shadows that subdue?
Haven't we once touched upon this before?
Haven't we both together paced...
Back and forth upon these floors?
Didn't we say the last time never again...
We'd come to this end?
Pretending a fresh start we'd begin,
...again!
Back then?

This is not the bliss we wished.
Why can't we forget...and end this?
Instead of vowing to stay,
In a union that brings us both dismay!

Instead of portraying togetherness...
Let's together from this just split,
And walk away!
Not tomorrow!
Now...
Today!


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Poem Submitted: Saturday, June 2, 2007

Poem Edited: Saturday, March 5, 2011


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