Lawrence S. Pertillar

Gold Star - 52,470 Points (February/'47 / Connecticut, USA)

Victimization - Poem by Lawrence S. Pertillar

I use to sympathize,
With a giving of my undivided empathy...
To the ones who made claims,
They had been picked to victimize.
And some tales I have heard,
Would bring tears to Lucifer's eyes.
Until I began to notice and realize,
Those professing their innocence...
Repeatedly relied,
On the same excuses and alibis.
To not mention their involvement,
Of how their victimization began.
Or the ways they inappropriately,
Approached another to disrespect.
Nor will it be heard to hear them admit,
What was done to get them picked as a victim.

'I was minding my own business,
When I was verbally abused for no reason.'

I can imagine.
But did this occur to have happened,
In someone else's backyard?
Similar to other events,
You campaigned to have more convinced...
How you did nothing to deserve such negative,
And 'appalling' treatment?

'What difference does that make?
I am entitled to do what I please.'

And 'obviously',
You weren't left alone to feel that way.
Especially when the minding,
Of your own business...
As you would have it believed,
Happens to trespass where it doesn't belong.

'You are just like the others.'

I don't think so.
You step on my toes,
You will immediately know it done.
And unlike the others,
They will not hear what you did...
From me.
My 'business' I keep to myself.

Topic(s) of this poem: life

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, November 28, 2015

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