Lawrence S. Pertillar

Gold Star - 52,584 Points (February/'47 / Connecticut, USA)

Required Prerequisite - Poem by Lawrence S. Pertillar

A call to duty,
Few use refuse.

It once had been an honor to do it.
In those days passed,
When patriotism was a thing to choose.
And everyone felt this,
Without making an excuse.

Quick escapes...
Is as natural as responsibility betrayed.
And having no accountability comes to surprise...
As many display themselves to be disrespectful.
Without a sign of regret to disgustfully criticize.

As if the act of expressing respect,
Has become a required prerequisite...
Most folks have come to think as weak.
And this, if shown, is today despised.

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, April 7, 2010

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