Lawrence S. Pertillar

Gold Star - 90,198 Points (February/'47 / Connecticut, USA)

Portraying Themselves As A Class Of Masters - Poem by Lawrence S. Pertillar

These matters would not exist...
If not discussed,
With such digusted persistence.

To insist that what is not real for some...
Does not undo what has been done,
Or mean others are not dealing with it...
For centuries to overcome.

Some would say homelessness and racism,
Aren't realities lived surrounding them.
And yet there are millions living like this,
In a country they all live in!

And these situations are not just observed,
From tourists eyes...
But also lived by countless others,
Who can not hide as they try to survive.

Poverty and joblessness...
Aren't fantasized conditions,
Just 'minorities' live with!
They happen to dwell in urban cities...
While a 'majority' come into work,
And leave these scenes strapped with taxes...
Taking resources and quick they flee!

Those hustling with fat paychecks,
Want to believe...
They are not restricted,
From an abundance of opportunities!

And as long as they reflect,
A standard of life they respect...
Their visions are not limited,
With constant reminders they are rejected...
By someone else's perspective!

As they live in a 'world'
With images of themselves everywhere displayed.
Providing comforts for those of similar faces...
Portraying themselves as a class of masters.
And shepherding others,
To their accepted places!
As they announce their actions...
Benefits their interests,
To incite destruction and immoral conflicts.

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Poem Submitted: Friday, April 11, 2008

Poem Edited: Wednesday, April 16, 2008

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