Lawrence S. Pertillar

Gold Star - 65,456 Points (February/'47 / Connecticut, USA)

When One Is Thought To Be Kept Back - Poem by Lawrence S. Pertillar

I had a professor who once stated,
In a humanities class...
I had attended years ago.
That comment remains,
As an observation wherever I go!

'There are two who are kept at a disadvantage,
When one is thought to be kept back!
The one that is obviously being consciously held,
From advancement.
And the one too ignorant to tell,
What is the benefit being received from this...
In the keeping of others from attempting to excell? '

And I continue to think about this,
As today I witness...
The activities of those,
Who are clearly ludicrous...
As they look down upon others,
With turned up noses.

And this shows in a land,
Where great achievements have been made.
Only to smell of the origins from a gutter kept,
That has been actively dispelled...
At an accepting low grade,
Could keep people believing...
Some are chosen to deceive,
To have it made as they do as they please.

Dedicated to:
Dr. John Rodgers
Professor of African Studies and Humanities
And taught both at Greather Hartford Community College
Today known as Capital Community College
Downtown Hartford, Connecticut.
And...The University of Hartford.

Now deceased but Dr. Rodgers,
And his teachings remain 'timeless'.

'Thank you, Dr. Rodgers.'

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, December 4, 2010

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