Lawrence S. Pertillar

Gold Star - 94,669 Points (February/'47 / Connecticut, USA)

To Give Service With A Knowledge - Poem by Lawrence S. Pertillar

Not at all am I impressed,
By those focused upon one vision interpreted...
As the only version of success.
To obtain a degree or certificate that expresses,
An ability to achieve the purchasing of things.
To keep hoarded to dust in a treasure chest.

Yet...
Not an attempt is made to influence,
With an effectiveness that benefits others...
That whatever they do to do it at their best.
With a difference made they too can attest,
To witness 'if' they worked at it and wished less.

But the ones who pray to keep their fortunes intact,
Seem often to be...
The ones who claim they are highly favored.
As if The Creator welcomes that kind of self-centered,
Self indulgence!

Glad I am to have been raised,
By a mother who placed emphasis on faith.
And what others should prioritize with their lives...
Was a repaying by a giving back,
A service with a knowledge and a deed...
To someone else that is pleased to receive.
And that a good life lived...
Was not in the feeding of one's greed.

'Remember...
There should be several baskets,
In which to place your accomplishments.
And acquired tasks you have mastered to pass.'

No need to be a polished scholar,
To give service...
With a knowledge.
And a deed.

No need to be a polished scholar,
To give service...
With a knowledge.
And a deed.

No need to be a polished scholar,
To give service...
With a knowledge.
And a deed.


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Poem Submitted: Saturday, September 8, 2012



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