Lawrence S. Pertillar

Gold Star - 81,700 Points (February/'47 / Connecticut, USA)

New Traditionalists - Poem by Lawrence S. Pertillar

'Who are you listening to?
How do you like this new guy.
The one that's coming to office.'

I'm listening to some old Devo stuff.
'The New Traditionalists'.
Had it since 1981.
Back then in the 'day'
They were calling this 'new wave' music.

At first...
I admit I was excited.
Just the thought of the President of The United States,
Actually 'playing' basketball.
Not golf or tennis...
But basketball.
He's coming in with a whole new set of rules.
And it may look easy,
But basketball is a rough and physical game!

'Michelle ain't no joke either.
She's already told the White House staff,
Her daughters will be making their own beds.
And with the mother-in-law moving in...
And Michelle's brother having introduced them?
They have 'already' chartered fresh territory! '

Those folks are 'too' disciplined.
You know what I'm sayin?

I don't know if this is a joke or not.
But I heard a rumor,
President Obama is divising a new physical fitness plan.
For everyone.
He's taking something old to add to fresh concepts he has.

'What is it.
What have you heard.'

Each community, nationally...
Will be required to set up H.A.F.T. Master Races.

I don't believe that.
He did not run his campaign on racism.'

NO!, no!
Slice that thought!
This is his new physical fitness program.
It's both startling...and refreshing at the same time.

'H.A.F.T. Master Races?
I wonder what that's going to be about? '

The completed title should give everybody a clue!

'What is it? '

Haul-ass-from-the-Master Races.

' what?
Who's the 'master'? '

I'll give you a hint...
Who's 'black' and 'white'
And gon' be sitting in the Oval Office?
Like my grandaddy use to say...
'I don't care who was 'suppose' to do sumthin'
That ain't done!
You see this belt?
I'm holdin' it 'cause somebody gonna get whipped!
And I'll 'Whip It' good.'

But he has such nice kind eyes.
And a warm inviting smile!

'My grandfather was about four feet and eleven inches tall.
But somehow he had us focused on other things.
And that never came up in our conversations then.'

Title, 'New Traditonalists'
the rock group, Devo-1981

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, December 20, 2008

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