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  797.     

Keeping Friends Like These

It's important to have friends.
Not just associates...
But true friends.

The ones that will tell you,
What you don't want to hear...
Regardless of your fears.
The ones who are upfront,
And share what is on their minds.
The ones you might have disagreements with...
From time to time.

It's important to have friends.
The ones you can count on through thick and thin.
The ones who are around,
When marriages and relationships come to an end.
The ones who are there...
Caring with a warm shoulder in your despair.
The ones who refuse to choose,
To compare their blues...
As if they can and have walked in your shoes.

But true friends who can be found...
To lift you up when you are down.
Friends like this...
Know when you need them around!
And no one has to ask them to leave...
When you've become impossible to please.
Keeping friends like these,
Is to your benefit!
 
Lawrence S. Pertillar
   
 

   
   
 

  798.     

Keeping Secrets Today Is So Passé

Limits have been reached.
Keeping secrets is so passé.
White lies are just lies.
Whether they are wrong or right,
To say to tell or to do to admit.
And few today with any integrity left,
Refuse to hear a secret told to believe.
Knowing immediately,
They are expected to deceive.
And if they are not the kind,
To have that state of mind...
A defaming will be theirs to experience.
That's just the way it is,
In a world that has come to value degradation.
 
Lawrence S. Pertillar
   
 

   
   
 

  799.     

Keeping the Mind And Body Healthy

I remember once being driven with interest,
To several aspects of the performing arts.
With a desire to learn everything I could...
About acting, movement, directing, playwriting,
Music, singing and vocal delivery.

And over the years,
I've spent thousands of dollars...
To have pictures taken, traveling back and forth,
To auditions with minor success.
And doing what was necessary to feed and shelter myself.

I discovered early and quick...
The business of a performer,
Is far from glamorous!
Having delicious fantasies...
Do not forever stimulate.

I knew folks who were so in love what they did,
They chose to live in the streets!
And to this very day I thank God,
For enjoying the love I have for food to eat.
And having a place to sleep.
Reality and not delusion kept me fed.

And when I listen to others criticize those,
For what they have chosene to do on stages...
Or how it is they perform by just watching TV,
I am quick to express my anger by this.
Since I know...
For a fact,
Their lazy as...'pirations'...
Could not handle it!
It is not a breeze to make something look easy.
No!

And those that write,
Prolificly day in and until night?
No one who hasn't done it,
Would have a clue as to what that is like.

'Are you 'still' at it? '

~Yes.
What day is this?
And what time is it? ~

Although there are those who embellish their lives,
With such ease as to be believed...
Without a disciplined criteria in sight.
Listening to them exaggerate their experiences,
Often makes me sick of it.

And those who accept the act of plagarism?
I would only show them my fist!
I know inside their minds there is not a hint of integrity.
Since it takes years to muster up the courage...
To have publicized something one writes,
For fear others will tear it apart...
And say about it what they please.
But over the years one heals from this

I remember once being driven with interest,
To several aspects of the performing arts.
And those craving inside me will forever stay.
But I have learned as I've aged...
Notoriety without encouraged nourishment,
Will eliminate a fire...
That rages in one's heart.
IF one does not think,
Of keeping the mind and body healthy first!
Thirsting from a distance,
I have ove rrehearsed.

I've learned those lessons,
The hard way!
The only oasis I have to mirage of late,
Is a kept peace of mind I have enjoyed to insatiate.

*Mister Pertillar?
Excuse me...
MISTER PERTILLAR? *

# Yes. Yes. Yes?
Oh, I'm sorry...
My mind drifted off.#

*Are you 'sure' you want to order,
Another Ceasar's salad with smoked oysters.*

#Am I 'sure' of it?
You want me to help you make it? #
 
Lawrence S. Pertillar
   
 

   
   
 

  800.     

Kept Boys

Kept boys,
Refusing to step...
Even for a few seconds away,
From playgrounds and corners...
Where they would mingle to stay.
On an everyday basis for years...
As time from them passed,
To leave their minds uncleared.

Kept boys,
Never growing to become men...
To begin that journey.
But instead taught to dropp their seed,
To impregnate from a selection of silly girls...
To pick and choose from whom they please.
Believing themselves then accepted...
And seen as men and women.
But men and women they will never be.

Kept boys,
Prison inmates and leeches...
Many down low and weak.
And impressed to follow images,
Gives them bragging rights to keep.

These kept boys are on a mission,
To remain in stuck manifested positions...
Cemented in stereotypes.
And validated by an environment,
That makes this decay alright to condone...
Mindless appetites in and outside broken homes.

Kept boys,
Refusing to step...
Even for a few seconds away,
From playgrounds and corners...
Where they would mingle to stay.
On an everyday basis for years...
As time from them passed,
To leave their minds uncleared.

And...
Reflects a tragicness permitted to exist.
With hopes if kept illuminated in deceptions cheered,
This will eventually portray generations of strength.
Representing a heritage of fools used,
To exist only to play upon themselves games and pranks.
As kept boys!
Never to be ranked with strength as men.
 
Lawrence S. Pertillar
   
 
 
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