Lawrence S. Pertillar

Gold Star - 90,409 Points (February/'47 / Connecticut, USA)

Races Run And Done Just For Fun - Poem by Lawrence S. Pertillar

Winning races,
Use to mean...
A change of pace,
Of those high stakes placed...
With a bet!
And this would excite
Those who made them with delight.
With a feeling 'something' has been won.

Today,
Races are run...
To go through motions!
These races run and done just for fun,
Are done just for the running.
Not to accomplish a thing for anyone.
Even the serious ones who have grown tired of the fun,
Done...
Are feeling a numbness from those races run.

With the best of political dupings pooped!

With hollow victories achieving nothing.
But a cheering of excitement heard,
From everyone.
In the beginning.

Then a stirring of jeers from those disappointed.
Find expectations resume a familiarity.
Leaving empty promises mouthed but not yet begun.
And a stagnated movement,
Returns with clarity.
A clarity of reality once hushed and shunned.

And everyone begins to see...
These races run to go through motions,
Produces for them...
Hollow victories.
And banners once held high,
Are hidden.


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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, November 3, 2009



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