Lawrence S. Pertillar

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

You Are Nobody With Claims To Make - Poem by Lawrence S. Pertillar

You are nobody,
With claims to make...
Unless you have sacrificed,
To lay down,
Some beneficial good deeds.

Even 'then' those who have done it,
Are not seeking attention...
To have themselves pleased.

Too often people like these,
Sit in proclaimed self grandiose eloquence...
Convinced their efforts,
Are overdue for praise.
In an expectation to appease their own needs.
Under-rated and overlooked,
By those ungrateful...
Some self serving,
Have gone out of their way!

You are nobody,
With claims to make...
Unless you have sacrificed,
To lay down,
Some beneficial good deeds.

Even 'then' those who have done it,
Are not seeking attention...
To have themselves pleased.

But those with desires to be 'somebody'...
Will prepare to make their proclamations,
Heard by using bullhorns.
If it means disturbing a tranquility!
To arouse a public with their embellished falsities.

'May I have everyone's undivided attention!

Thank you.

If not for my loyal and devoted disposition...
None of you would have known,
Who to see or where to go...
Enabling you to receive your coupons.

Useful to redeem for discounts...
On your purchased necessities.
To which I am sure they are enjoyed.

It was I who initiated that movement.
And deserve your welcomed applause.
If so given.

Only with deep felt humility...
Do I come to satisfy your curiosities.
And yes...
Although I am reluctant to admit this,
It was I who initiated that movement.

Carry on.
Carry on.
Carry on!
There is no need to overwhelm yourselves,
With bewilderment!

Afterall...
I am not running for any electable office,
Suddenly discovered open and available...
To have someone fearlessly represent you.
With understated humility.
IF that possibility in your future should occur!
I am not.
I repeat...
I would not be so incline to accept such an offer.

And even if I should be so approached,
By an assigned committee concluding their research...
Of my qualifications and background.
And...
As a coincidence,
I have brought along a few copies of my bio...
With testimonies and references attached!
For those who may express an interest when time allows,
To televise any suggested interview wished...
I will submit,
To be thusly scrutinized in such a manner.

But let me remind anyone within the sound of my voice...
That I...
Am only here,
For you!
YOU are my only concern! '

~Who is that? ~

*I have no idea!
Not a clue whatsoever.
But I will say this...
He is certainly going out of his way,
To be remembered.*

~I thought those coupons were printed,
For anyone to use in the local newspaper? ~

*They are.
At least once a week! '


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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, February 2, 2010



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