(February/'47 / Connecticut, USA)

Did You Understand It?

You've written something with several typographical errors.
And I question the correctness of your language usage.
Plus it had been written in mixed tenses.
I read it more than once.
And after the third reading it finally dawned on me,
You may have done this intentionally.

'Did you understand it?
What it was I tried to do? '

I'm not sure.

'How would you critique it? '

I don't know if I can.

'And you read it three times? '

At least.

'Why should I bother to correct it?
If 'you' read something I wrote...
THREE times?
And you have never expressed any interest before?
In anything I've ever done?
Why should I correct it?

This is the first time you and I have communicated,
In years.
Who knew...
All it took was a few errors,
To get you to give me what I have been wanting.

Here...
Read this! '

Your first and third lines rhyme.
But the rest of it...
Well,
I think this is a bunch of garbage.

'Thank you.
And all this time,
You had me believing...
You didn't care.'

by Lawrence S. Pertillar

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