Lawrence S. Pertillar

Gold Star - 110,088 Points (Connecticut)

This Is A Remarkable Achievement Received

Poem by Lawrence S. Pertillar

To think and never have had this experience,
Alone
Can be traumatic.
To leave one feeling erratic.
Screaming!
As if one had seen a ghost.

It happens.
One day,
Someone has a thought.
To arrive independently.
The having of it leads one to become suspicious.
It hurts and frightens,
To have it sit unsolicited.

And
One day,
Someone off balance is caught
To have no one around them to see,
A struggling being done
With a single thought brought to them,
From nowhere!
And this happening is not believed.

To think and never have had this experience,
Alone
Can be traumatic.
To leave one feeling erratic.
Screaming!
As if one had seen a ghost.

One is given an opportunity to think.
And on their two feet,
Their thinking process increases.

And one manages to do this all on their own!
To think!
And never before having had this experience.
Although at first one in this position,
May feel quite threatened.
And to others
This may not seem to benefit.

However
To be able to think,
Independently
AND on one's own two feet?
This is a remarkable achievement received.

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Poem Submitted: Monday, September 5, 2011

Poem Edited: Monday, September 5, 2011