Lawrence S. Pertillar

Gold Star - 88,328 Points (February/'47 / Connecticut, USA)

Trying A Way To Fit In - Poem by Lawrence S. Pertillar

Every morning that I am blessed to have awakened,
I am in the classroom and prepared to be tested.
And if I didn't regard my life that way,
I'd be struggling with the feeling of failure
On a daily basis.
If I did not think or believe
I had an opportunity before me,
To improve upon my weak performances...
I'd be afraid to appear on stage
when I left my place of comfort.
Every morning.

Before I do any of that.
And forget I am constantly teased and tempted,
By the trappings of life.
I express my gratitude to 'whatever' it is,
That has granted me 'consciousness' about this process.
Because I know if I didn't have it
I'd be rushing to a psychologist helping me find a way to fit in.

And I will not blame any of this craziness I've witnessed on God.
Even though an awareness of what is going on is inescapable.

And those trying a way to fit in,
To satisfy others with their accomplishments and possessions...
Seem not to be able to acquire happiness.
So glad am I.
When I discovered I could not purchase happiness after years of trying,
I was relieved.

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, May 28, 2011

Poem Edited: Tuesday, May 31, 2011

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