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  LAWRENCE S. PERTILLAR (February/'47)
 
 
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  7197.     

Kept Principles

Never have I switched my interests,
To express indifference to neglect.
I 'had' been too giving of my experiences,
To be shown my interests...
Were successfully disrespected.

And I would be upset,
If I was the only one in this position.
But after many years of giving my best,
To those who rejected my giving to protest...
Why should I neglect my interests?
When those to whom I gave unconditionally,
Suspected with a thoughtless consciousness...
What I did was to get from 'them',
An attention to impress how it was I could sweat.
And with a doing that feeds my ego.
So I left behind that kind of mentality to 'step'.
With no regrets.

'You have done 'what' and for free?
Bleed?
And I offered I would pay you,
To do the same thing for me?
Tell me...
Just 'who' are these creatures,
Who refused this kind of loyalty?
And I can not pay a soul to lift a finger...
Before or after their two-hour lunch break.'

Never have I switched my interests,
To express indifference to neglect.
I 'had' been too giving of my experiences,
To be shown my interests...
Were successfully disrespected.

'But...
I am willing to pay you big bucks for your interests.'

You couldn't pay me enough for my kept principles.

'WHERE do you come from? '

My father had asked me the same thing.
To leave me dumbfounded.
I didn't know what to say so I said nothing.
And I thought to myself...
If he didn't know how I got here,
And what that process took for 'him' to do...
Well,
What would be the point of 'my' explanation?
Or time to give to still be misunderstood.
I didn't achieve my peace of mind,
By it being handed to me.
So like I did to him...
I leave you to walk amongst the trees.

'Hey...
I'm willing to pay you for it.
Your interests. I 'need' your interests.'

Which one of us is not listening?
I said...
You couldn't pay me enough for my kept principles.
 
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  7198.     

Kept Secret From An Ugliness Unknown

The good ones
Are not often depicted,
To be the kind
You'd find,
Using a bathroom in their homes.

The bad ones
Are always those perceived,
In need of the good ones
To lead with their assistance,
On the right path.

The good ones
Are always spoken of as being nice and liked
With voices sweet and appealing.

The bad ones
Are rumored to be heartless,
Ruthless and crazed
By the good ones.
And nasty tempered people.
Who curse and treat them mean
For no apparent reason,
The good ones say.
Left them amazed

The good ones
Lie and cheat.
With the twisting of truths,
To those they initially meet

And those made to look bad
Who are victims of character assassinations,
To use by the good ones
For purposes to discreetly deceive others,
With their hidden agendas
Kept secret from an ugliness unknown,
But to the 'bad' ones shown.

The bad ones know of this.
And have already experienced,
Being victimized by this wickedness.
And come forward to speak of it.

'You would never believe what happened to me! '

~Really?
You're one of the bad ones.
Right? ~
 
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  7199.     

Kept Secrets

I never had a secret.
None.
Not really.
I might have had one...
In my youth.
But my face would always reveal,
Anything I wanted to conceal.

I remember trying to lie one time.
And both my father and grandfather,
Had these eyes that would penetrate.
And made knees knock,
If truth did not come out of our mouths.

'Please...
Strip me naked but don't look at me.
I don't know nuthin'...I wasn't there! '

And...
In those days,
If anyone was going to be punished...
For any secrets leaked.
OR suspectedly kept!
We all got the ironing cord.
And it wasn't plugged up to heat.
To iron clothes with either.
Oh no.
We were lined up by age!
My youngest Aunt Ginger,
Used to be conveniently absent.
Only to appear later from places unknown.

I hated those days!
So did my aunts, uncles and cousins too.
And when my grandmother aimed...
She didn't skip a butt!

I gave any secrets I had then up.
And...
Is there really a purpose for them?
Today...
It's difficult to say what's valued and treasured.
Or,
If someone tells you something not to tell anyone else...
Why do they tell you this?
And...
Where did they get what they tell you from in the first place?

Kept secrets and spoken lies are entertainment for some.
And done without question too professionally.
 
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  7200.     

Kept Senseless Thoughts

I may more represent,
Each color of the rainbow...
With no giving of a benefit,
Many will express to openly admit.
Although they will claim,
Qualities they have are more significant...
To that which reflects,
A spectrum of all that exists.

But...
In outward appearances,
There is a denial to a connecting relationship...
With those they have a kindred with.
To spend more time...
Trying in divisions to separate from it.
Because of those teachings taught,
Defy with a biasness kept senseless thoughts.
 
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