Lawrence S. Pertillar

Gold Star - 48,706 Points (February/'47 / Connecticut, USA)

Raised To Have False Perceptions - Poem by Lawrence S. Pertillar

Don't look at me as if,
You are on a weekend excursion...
Visiting the local zoo.

I know you have limited experience,
Being this 'deep' inside the 'hood'.
But know this...
I recommend you keep your delirium,
Down to an unnoticeable minimum.

How quick and easy it is for those rich,
To attack with their attachments to restrict...
Those limited to opportunities,
To then label their activities as lazy welfare recipients.

However...
Have you ever thought of it?
No one accuses those dripping with values materialistic,
As being thieves, deceivers or opportunists.
To have networked their capable abilites...
With a discreet smugglimg away,
Resources squeezed to leave those bleeding...
To then have them betrayed to allow a portraying of them,
As poor uneducated and less advantaged people.

'How dare you speak to me with such insolence? '

How dare you perceive me to be stupid?

'I...
Just happen to have been raised to have false perceptions.'

I see.
So this removes you from any blame or responsibility?

'I am a philanthropist.
And I donate with a giving of my acquired wealth,
to selected charities around the world.'

And 'how' did you acquire your riches?

'That is none of your business.
Just fill out the application,
If you are seeking any funding from me.'

Do you recruit extremists who have nationalistic wishes?

'What?
Who is the caretaker here,
I shall hold responsible for your crude behavior.'

We are currently seeking a new zookeeper.
With the hopes those projected funding caps,
Are appropriately matched to the ones discovered...
Fit those needs you have requested.

'And you?
Who are you.
What is your position? '

I've been assigned to adequately agitate.

'And must I say...
A job well done.

Do you have a résumé? '


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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, August 8, 2012



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