Lawrence S. Pertillar

Gold Star - 82,202 Points (February/'47 / Connecticut, USA)

Racist Ambiguities - Poem by Lawrence S. Pertillar

It's not 'that' which can be seen that is visible...
And annoys to enforce ignorance,
Planted and harvested
To dumbfound those numb and astounded.

It is those on the scene who refuse to see
Themselves endorsing it!
Sewn to reap with an appetite.
This lifestyle of hypocrisy bites,
With an arrogance that is marketed...
By those employed to add 'touches'
Of diverse avoidances.
Testing some to see which ones work!
Hoping efforts pass those awake and alert!

Difficult is the pursuit of hospitalities,
With sincerety and depth attached!
And thinking minds stray detached...
Without matches to assist any growth,
Nourished with encouragement!

And what is visible is denied,
With wishes none of it exists...
As it does in reviewed previews,
Diluted resolutions...
That persist within those driven,
To deliver racist ambiguities
Fostering fading masquerades!

And no where is this better shown,
Than in places where disturbed faces
Sit in invisible shackles condoned.
With reasons claimed to be unknown!
Except in unconscious trips...
Back and forth in black and white visits,
Observed in constant participation!
As tensions hide realities,
Behind denying eyes!
Searching for what to tag with new labels!
Making sure they keep the rhythm...
And the hand jive alive!

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, April 28, 2007

Poem Edited: Saturday, February 19, 2011

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