Lawrence S. Pertillar

Gold Star - 54,268 Points (February/'47 / Connecticut, USA)

Without A Ph.D - Poem by Lawrence S. Pertillar

To what purpose...
Would obtaining a Doctorate's Degree,
Serve me?
To prove I have an expertise?
And I have been deemed qualified...
Stamped with a PH.D to identify my abilities?
To then present to others my resume,
For all to see?

Is it a possibility that someone like me,
Could prove my acumen in business acknowledgement...
Without a PH.D?
Could it be that I could foresee,
Creating an organization...
As a benefit and not my own ego to please.

Is it a possibility that someone like me,
Could get recognition nationally?
And do this without a PH.D?
What difference would it make,
If my 'deeds' have been documented?
Would 'not' having a PH.D...
Make my efforts less ambitious?

Or is the fact that I don't have a PH.D,
And my accomplishments have received attention...
Makes what I've done not from one competent at all.
With a making of those who critique my uniqueness,
More reason to declare their proficiency?

With all their credentials and acquired essentials,
AND 'intelligence' that has been decreed...
Show me the evidence and produced performances,
That makes a placement of a degree obtained...
Behind one's name,
Guarantees a notoriety!

What is your point? '

Did you read what I wrote?
Or are you seeking assistance,
To have it interpreted for comprehension purposes.

'Are you or are you not,
An advocate of college? '

To acquire dedication, ambition, initiative...
Discipline with a patience to sacrifice?
And to do this day and night for the rest of one's life?
With a doing it AND with common sense...
Inspite of temptations teased by others sent?
And remaining focused on top of it?

Would you rather pick another topic? '

Remember this...
You approached me!
I was minding my own business.
I hope you are not offended,
If I should suggest...
You leave me to continue doing it.

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, January 20, 2013

Poem Edited: Sunday, January 20, 2013

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