Lawrence S. Pertillar

Gold Star - 90,325 Points (February/'47 / Connecticut, USA)

When Oneself Is Known - Poem by Lawrence S. Pertillar

In the finding of self,
It matters not where or when it is done.
In the finding of oneself.
That 'is' the achievement that comes,
One has won.

And in the finding of self,
Perceptions of others.
Of who that self found should be,
Can not be compared to a comfort known within.
That begins and no one else can see.

But what is known that comes eventually,
Is a feeling that is centered.
And from a core that is believed.
Leaving wherever the place one goes,
Not a place to seek in the search for self.

When oneself is known this shows.
And 'in' no one else,
Can one find self to be shown.
So many seek different environments,
To qualify what they can not identify inside.

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, July 17, 2011

Poem Edited: Monday, July 18, 2011


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