Lawrence S. Pertillar

Gold Star - 48,706 Points (February/'47 / Connecticut, USA)

Unload The Excess Baggage - Poem by Lawrence S. Pertillar

I am not the one,
To walk around validating...
Every pinch felt from an illness.

Or am I the one to carry pain,
As if I've been awarded...
A medal for valor and honor.

Each day as I pray...
And after I awaken,
I feel tremendously blessed...
That God has pulled my sisters and I,
Through much heartbreak and stress.
We, in those days, believed we needed to address.

And when I hear some folks,
Making excuses for mistakes they've made...
I can go through any day,
Without seeking to be medicated.
To fake my feelings to numb the aches.

I want to keep it real.
That's how I feel.

I am not the one,
To walk around validating...
Every pinch felt from an illness.

Nor am I the one,
Seeking to skate through a life...
Speeded by an easy breeze.

God has blessed me!
And I know this.
And there is nothing better I can do...
Than to hold my head up,
And unload the excess baggage.
To live the best life feeling grateful.
And blessed to be able to confess it!


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Poem Submitted: Monday, May 10, 2010



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