Lawrence S. Pertillar

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

Who Then Amongst Them - Poem by Lawrence S. Pertillar

Who then amongst them...
Did not have achievement on their minds?
Or a way of life documented,
With 'acceptable' accomplishments...
Planned with pre-requisites?

Who then amongst them...
Did not have children with the same beliefs.
A working ethic kept to produce a life of ease.
A good job with a home marked by a picked fence.
Neighbors with the same ideals,
Who socialized at the same events.

Standards and values,
That were glued and secured...
Defended with pretense.
Who then amongst them,
Knew...
The future ahead held darkness instead.

Who then amongst them knew...
A way of life pursued would unravel.
As quick as personal artifacts,
Could be removed from walls.
Who knew that dreams would come to this end...
For any of them to witness,
Uhaul trucks being loaded to the brim.
With hopes packed and driven away from it all!

Who then amongst them knew?
Or...
Envisioned this kind of fall?


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Poem Submitted: Saturday, April 12, 2008



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