Lawrence S. Pertillar

Gold Star - 52,293 Points (February/'47 / Connecticut, USA)

Okay. Three Weeks. But That's It - Poem by Lawrence S. Pertillar

There are easier ways to get attention,
If this is what one intends.
Instead of holding onto beliefs,
One's ethnic cultural identity...
To represent with pride and dignity,
Represents with influence and significance...
Others unaccepting to perceive,
Anyone feeling this loyal to their heritage...
Has to be seeking personal gain.
Or why would one wish to be demeaned,
For their efforts to endeavor to be criticized.
Then to be repeatedly told,
What they do would be more impressive to accept...
IF they took the living of life more seriously.
Than trying to maintain such foolish attempts.

'One's culture is the breath,
Of a kept pride, identity, dignity and self-acceptance.'

Keep your voice down.
Too many around here become offended,
By that kind of 'militant' talk.~

'Militant? '

And walk with less arrogance.
Do a slow shuffle and appear downtrodden.
People are suspicious,
Of those aware of themselves.
Especially here.
I'm surprised you hadn't noticed it.~

'Why should I notice that? '

~Look around.
I'll give you $10,
If you can point out the ones who are conscious.
And I will give you two weeks to do it.~

'Two weeks?

Three weeks.
But that's it.~

Topic(s) of this poem: life

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Poem Submitted: Friday, November 13, 2015

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