Lawrence S. Pertillar

Gold Star - 94,742 Points (February/'47 / Connecticut, USA)

Like Needed Water From A Faucet - Poem by Lawrence S. Pertillar

Egos are fed
While the poor crawl the streets.
Homelessness has become big business,
For those pushing pens
Against statistical sheets.
Billions are wasted on fights that convince...
Interests kept to defeat claimed enemies,
Keeps mentalities like these
Screwed forever in defense.

A way of life is threatened...
At least that is what's said.
And yet in urban and suburban areas,
Our own blood continues to be shed!
Color lines are drawn to emphasize ignorance.
This activity is selective and it makes no sense.
On battlefields around the world,
Young people fight our wars.
And prejudiced issues aren't the concern,
When values they defend are abhorred
On our own shores!

Protesters who say there has to be a better way,
Are labelled as militant and weak.
Even though they represent all of those,
Who see this destructive force as bleak...
And much regretted!

We are headed for a certain demise,
And this is not a wish!
The eyes and minds of those who rule
Can not fathom that their influence
Has dwindled, waned and slipped!
Like needed water from a faucet,
That drips until it ceases to continue it.
Dripping with a drop,
Until the last drop...stops!

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Poem Submitted: Monday, March 19, 2007

Poem Edited: Friday, February 4, 2011

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