Lawrence S. Pertillar

Gold Star - 82,328 Points (February/'47 / Connecticut, USA)

These Criers Would Not Have Survived - Poem by Lawrence S. Pertillar

My family and I grew up in Hartford's projects.
Built in the late 40's as an experiment.
Needless to say,
That experiment involved people of color.
And it wasn't considered assisted living.
The amenities I remembered receiving,
Were indignities spiced on a regular basis.
And I remember vividly who sacrificed!

And when I hear many people excuse their misdeeds,
On TV...
To exclaim painful childhood memories?
These criers would not have survived,
The host of obscenities that has motivated my life.
And when I think of people like these,
Of having no other priorities but their selfish whims...
I can understand why their realities,
For them seem to come to an end!

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, May 26, 2010

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