Lawrence S. Pertillar

Gold Star - 96,694 Points (February/'47 / Connecticut, USA)

There! Because That Is What People Naturally Do - Poem by Lawrence S. Pertillar

On what scale can one rate hatred.
To what temperature can heat rise...
From those despising themselves and others?

How long can tolerance be expected to prevail?
To calm those tensions with attempts,
That a peacefulness...
Will ease the minds of those who vent.

On what graph can an explanation,
Describe one's pain?
In what debates...
Can a surprising happiness,
Be concluded as shown on one's face.

Will those times ever return,
When it becomes apparent...
Lessons have been learned?
And respect that is given,
Isn't stubbornly expected to be earned.
But is there!
Because that is what people naturally do!

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Poem Submitted: Monday, October 19, 2009

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