Lawrence S. Pertillar

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You Have Been Successful At That - Poem by Lawrence S. Pertillar

You say you are slow to change.

I say you've been conditioned and programmed,
To seek and adapt to limitation.

You say your beliefs are based on faith!

And yet every move you make,
You do in fear.

You say you are blessed!

With what?
Anxiety and stress?

You can not deal with reality!
That's an assessment.

Because you say it makes you depressed.

Not exactly in those words.
But that's what you project!

You wish to run away when the truth is spoken.
And you do that often,
To quickly disappear.

Dismissing it to say...
You prefer not to listen to 'that' mess.

Whatever you're not comprehending...
Remains blocked and attached to fears you endear.
Within your mind that is troubled.

I can understand 'why' you find me strange and unusual.
I do!
Because unlike you,
I will not satisfy my mind by keeping it confined!

And you have been successful at that!
Like many who have made denial a career.

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Comments about You Have Been Successful At That by Lawrence S. Pertillar

  • Sathyanarayana M V S (9/28/2008 11:01:00 AM)

    Human limitations and weaknesses so well portrayed. I remember a quotation
    'accept your weaknesses but try to rise above them'
    Akin to poet's age, wisdom and worldly/spiritual knowledge......
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Poem Submitted: Sunday, September 28, 2008



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