Lawrence S. Pertillar

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

Lifted From Deep Sorrow - Poem by Lawrence S. Pertillar

You came to leave.
Not stay.
You came to do as you pleased.
And then when you were done,
You were off to another one to 'do'.

You came to leave.
I was hoping you would stay.
I wanted to believe this was your wish.
But you just came to sniff and lick.
And I held onto foolish dreams...
You could not fulfill if I wished!

You came to leave.
Not stay.
You came to do as you pleased.
And then when you were done,
You were off to another one to 'do'.

I sat thinking of you,
When you were gone and through with me.
I wish I could not feel you grieving.
But I do!
I was just like you...
Before I cut my pain loose.
But your pain,
You desire to keep remaining in the gutter.

You came to leave.
I was hoping you would stay.
I was hoping...
Something you saw in my eyes,
You would recognize...
Had been lifted from deep sorrow.
But you never looked up...
To witness my approval of your 'business' visit.

I was satisfied...
Yes!
But never regard me,
As a client wishing for your return!
I am seeking someone to specialize my needs.
And although you are good...
I do not think of you as the one to qualify,
As a fireside companion!

When my embers burn...
They do so,
For the one who chooses to stay...
As we together ignite those sparks.
And you...
Are just a quick flicker.
To leave me ablaze,
Before you decide to go out!
And I am no longer about that.

I have a lifetime of logs left to simmer,
For the one who comes...
And enjoys what we can together sizzle!


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Poem Submitted: Sunday, July 6, 2008



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