Lawrence S. Pertillar

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

Very Disconcerting - Poem by Lawrence S. Pertillar

Please,
Don't interpret my dislike for his policies...
As being a statement against him,
Personally.

I think everyone in this neighborhood will say,
He is a good and honest person.
However...
Because he prefers to see weeds,
Growing in his backyard to be noticeable...
Throughout the neigborhood,
Brings the value of our properties down.

'But...
He has challenged all of you in court,
To accuse all of you of discrimination.
What do you have to say about that.'

That is very disconcerting.

'Why? '

Not one of us have allergies to flowers.
Or the smell of cut grass.

'What do you think about his running,
To hold public office...
To represent your interests? '

That again is a conflict of interests.
On one hand he says he wishes to represent us.
And on the other hand,
Our interest is to protect what we value.

'Which is? '

The declining values of our properties...
Which he has directly caused.

'But 'why' do you think he is doing this? '

We all believe he has chosen to take this route,
Because the tenant association has agreed...
To increase the gardener's salary,
We all pay as a maintenance fee...
To keep our front and backyards up to standards.
As is documented in our home ownership policies.

'His actions make little sense.'

You know it. I know it. We all know it.
But those who are not familiar with our situation,
Will probably earn him their sympathy votes.
And he will eventually win.
With the twisting of rules to have the law on his side.

'This is crazy! '

You know it. I know it. We all know it.
But when has the spreading of propaganda,
Had anything to do with actual fact?


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Poem Submitted: Saturday, August 11, 2012



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