(February/'47 / Connecticut, USA)

Eager To Learn

On many levels you were told and shown.
In many ways,
The questions you now ask were raised,
And answered.

But the times were too early.
And in those days you shoveled away,
The best advice...
Like snow and ice on your path!
You wanted your outlook to be the one,
With stubbornness to last.

On many occasions you were there in debate.
Waiting to win,
An opinion given.
And even then you made decisions,
You often would regret.

Listening to comprehend,
Some folks like you have never learned to do!
And a suffering for them like yours,
Begins to sink through.

I was a victim myself...
Of a thick skull,
Protecting hard headedness.
Restricted by an ego I would not let go!
And lessons taught I ignored,
To do those things I thought were best.
Until I got tired,
Of blocking my own happiness.

On many levels you were told and shown.
In many ways,
The questions you now ask were raised,
And answered.

Perhaps in these days...
You now feel you are crazed.
And your ways like others you have followed...
Have left you dazed in sorrow.

But tomorrow,
If you let it...
Will come to please with teachings.
And you will be eager to learn...
How to patch those bridges burned.

by Lawrence S. Pertillar

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