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  LAWRENCE S. PERTILLAR (February/'47)
 
 
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  117.     

'Dreads'

It's not a statement of defiance,
I wear my hair in dreads.
It's who I am...
And I'm proud to show them.
Naturally...
On my head!

I use to keep my hair short and faded...
Conservative in conformity!
To fit into a 'conscious' acceptance...
An unspoken, visual uniformity.
Believing to appear like everyone else...
Would bestow upon me,
A certain respected sense of self.

Having no clue it was 'me' I pursued!

It took me a while to realize,
From myself I ran and fled!
Then when I 'woke' up clear with understanding...
I still had concealed a truthfulness not revealed.
My hair is 'nappy'!
And when not cut,
It dreads!
Curling into 'naps'.
And feeling comfortable on my head.

How sweet the awakening...
To a wholesomeness fed!
Not to dred but to wear in pride.

It's not a statement of defiance,
I wear my hair in dreads.
It's who I am...
And I'm proud to show them.
Naturally...
On my head!
Dreadlocked.

And now that I feel,
My best of self can be expressed...
I see so many who are trapped in masquerades.
Doing their best to project...
What they feel someone else,
Will accept without protest!

And I am so happy I can live my life...
With a peace of mind I find at rest!
Knowing a simple thing like 'dreads'...
Exposes a complete identity I keep.
And makes me feel at my very best yet!
Instead.
Forgetting the 'me' who I thought I knew...
And having not one regret!
Not within my heart I thread.

Note:
Dedicated to those dreadlock wearers
who feel the gloriousness of being who they are!
And a deep kindred with 'Jah' The Supreme!
A strengthening of 'spirit' develops when one
becomes...'dread-headed'!
 
Lawrence S. Pertillar
   
 

   
   
 

  118.     

Dreams of Freedom

Call me what you wish,
I am not the one doing evictions.
Or removing dreams as they exist.

Say whatever you like.
My eyes are not fixed on a high flying kite.
Or riding a bike licking icecream cones.

My observations,
Aren't from the mind of a negative pessimist.
My way of life has not been diminished.
By disconnected insights,
Denying what appears as obvious blight.

It is what it is!
Argue if you like.
But it wont be with me.
My mind is not fixed to delusions like yours.
Nor am I conditioned to dismiss those in pain.
There is nothing in it for me to gain,
To witness others in agony.

Call me what you wish,
I am not the one doing evictions.
Or removing dreams as they exist.

Too many excuses from you allowed this.
And this I see as your denials allowed to breathe.

But I wont permit them to walk on my path.
Nor will you do to me as you please.
As was done in your ancestors past.
Those strategies may work for 'them'.
I'm not feeding on 'dreams of freedom'.
And this I am sure you can plainly see.
Those thoughts don't have their hooks in me.
 
Lawrence S. Pertillar
   
 

   
   
 

  119.     

Feeling Grateful And Blessed

I awaken each day,
Feeling grateful and blessed.
To have had overwhelming success,
Very early in my inquisitive life.

I awaken each day,
With memories of lessons taught.
And those who freely shared their expertise,
With sincerity shown and without deceit.
None I perceived or from them received.

I awaken each day seeking to give away,
My time to those wanting to succeed.
But sometimes this wish goes misunderstood,
By those with their kept suspicions...
That anyone who gives with a doing done to do,
Wants more to take from 'them'.
And as much as they possibly could.
If this was a choice picked and for 'them' to choose.

I awaken each day,
Feeling grateful and blessed.
To have had overwhelming success,
Very early in my inquisitive life.

HOWEVER...
To martyr my life in the sacrificing for others,
Who have selfish druthers I've come to witness AND discover.
Well, I have awakened from that...
To realize people with egos needing to be fed,
Wanted to approve my doing of backflips instead!
And 'that' talent to expose someone has to show me payment.
The biggest of BIG BUCKS! And...'before' my performance.
 
Lawrence S. Pertillar
   
 

   
   
 

  120.     

Flawed By Deceptive Appearances

They are well disciplined.
They appear to be happy and healthy.
They are ambitious...
With wishes to enjoy life.
They are determined and respectful.
They have a graciousness,
That appears upon their collective faces.
The cities are clean and progressive.
The infrastructures of them all...
Far exceed expectations.

'Yeah...
But they are socialists.
Deprived of the joys of democratic rule.
Look around!
Who in their right mind,
Would not envy our quality of life?
At least...
That is what I've been told.
And how they live,
Is a 3rd world existence...
Flawed by deceptive appearances.
And it is clear their terrificness has been staged.
Who are they trying to impress?

WE have rehabilitation centers across the land.
With two million people sentenced,
To have their minds restored!
To reflect our great society.
THEY can not top that!
AND they get free cable and meals three times a day!
That's how great and humanitarian we are!
And...
They can NOT top 'that'!
And we, at least...
Can do as we please.
When and where we choose.
In a manner in which WE select!
AND...
Trying to top that,
Brings them much regret.
And I know that to be true...
Because that is what I have been told! '
 
Lawrence S. Pertillar
   
 
 
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