Lawrence S. Pertillar

Gold Star - 101,015 Points (February/'47 / Connecticut, USA)

My Eyes Have Been Open - Poem by Lawrence S. Pertillar

You've already been conditioned,
To ignore those voices of dissent.

You sought to be entertained and absent...
While the government dipped from your savings,
With excuses to smother your common sense.

And now you wish for my opinion on this?
Didn't I give that to you...
As you refused my directness.
Choosing to be screwed by those in silk suits?

Believing my thoughts,
Were from someone bitter and distraught.
And now you feel used like a prostitute abused!

Those sobs you hear are closer to your ears.
Not mine!

My eyes have been open for a long long time.
I've never been distracted by the facts.
Or a slick game played,
To backstab me from behind!
Alone and isolated.
With my integrity attacked.

That has been your affliction,
To provide a 'fix' to keep you addicted!

And now you have become sick,
From the overdose of it!
What words do you wish,
To hear spilling from my lips?
An empathy to pity you?

That wont happen today.
Remember you told me just yesterday...
My point of view you did not value!
And people like 'me'...
Will always find reasons to feel betrayed.

Remember you told me that...
Just yesterday?

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, October 14, 2008

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