Lawrence S. Pertillar

Gold Star - 63,158 Points (February/'47 / Connecticut, USA)

Less Tolerant Of Your Success - Poem by Lawrence S. Pertillar

I am accused of not being tolerant?
This has got to be something filmed,
On a candid camera.
It is...
Isn't it?

I guess you will soon accusing me,
Of preventing your success?
How about this one...
Holding you back,
From promotions you were not qualified to get,
Even though I place higher scores...
On all of the recent tests.

And yesI
How could I forget?
Forgive me for introducing race,
To profile you based upon the color of your skin.
And not consider your efforts made,
To improve your life and protect your assets.

And excuse all of the people I represent.
You know the ones enjoying the act,
Of suppressing themselves.
With the love of stress,
Lived under constant duress.

You are most correct.
I guess I have been less tolerant of your success.
When I should be more grateful to know,
My own people are thrilled to show suppression expressed...
In urban ghettos wherever across this country,
Anyone goes.

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, November 23, 2010

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