Lawrence S. Pertillar

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

We Teach Them Young - Poem by Lawrence S. Pertillar

We teach them young,
What to dislike.
To separate into divisons,
With preferences selected.

We teach them young,
How to hate and who to fight.
With weapons used to kill.
And incite with mindless deeds.
Teach them this!

We teach them,
With a rehabilitation done...
To respect laws when broken.
With the best of pretentions kept.
Teach them this!

We teach them young,
The art of deception.
Self righteousness and hypocriscy.
And then when they reflect these lessons taught...
We teach them denial to have others believe.

We teach them young with a doing done they do!
And yet we get upset with regrets to protest those tests,
They have passed.
With accusations directed at others to blame,
For implimenting those tasks we teach.

Teach them young!
With a doing of this not to admit.
As we wish for escape from their commitments,

Teach them young.

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, April 19, 2012

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