Lawrence S. Pertillar

Gold Star - 97,031 Points (February/'47 / Connecticut, USA)

Too Innocent To Defend - Poem by Lawrence S. Pertillar

It should not matter,
How well a message is written.
Or how eloquent,
The words of it are spoken...
With pleasing to appease,
Those listening to judge...
Grammar used.
And one's emphasis on diction.

Its contents.
And the fact it had been,
Prioritized to be delivered...
Is beyond ratings to evaluate.
Or captivate to awe,
By anyone finding it profound.

It is the message,
And not the messenger...
Intended with its contents,
That is hoped to be understood.
And comprehended,
The way it should.

The messenger to offend,
Seldom ever changes...
The message.
Its purpose.
Or why,
Whether despised or not...
Those who receive it,
Choose to accept or reject...
Its directness.
And too often the messenger,
Is the one accused.
But too innocent to defend,
The contents not meant...
For him or her to understand,
To be left feeling offended!

Topic(s) of this poem: life


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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, May 2, 2017



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