Lawrence S. Pertillar

Gold Star - 48,706 Points (February/'47 / Connecticut, USA)

Let Them Suckers Drown - Poem by Lawrence S. Pertillar

You may have no dialogue...
And one conversation.
Am I going to pay attention to it?
The first time I might.
The second time,
Perhaps.
The third time around?
I may nod in your presence.
If within the 20 yrs of my nodding,
You may say something I have missed...
I hope you forgive me!
But I will never turn my back on you!
Too many of the people over there have done that,
To each other.
And look where that has gotten them?

And still they try to take the last dollar,
Out of their mama's own hand!
But they want to accuse me of my loyalty.
And they don't have a definition of what that means!
Look at them...
Pointing their fingers at me.
And everyday I go over there to break my back...
Pouring water out of their sinking ship!
With no assistance.
And all they do,
Is complain about my relationship with you.

'They've been poisoned! '

What did you say?

'They've been poisoned! '

Is that the reason they dislike you?
You should not have said that from the pulpit,
While I was away!
What should I do?

'Let them suckers drown!
They'll get the point then! '

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, March 27, 2008



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