(February/'47 / Connecticut, USA)

Earned Happiness

From the day we first met,
I offered no pretense.
No attempts did I try,
To make for you a good first impression.

I learned very early in life,
To be 'me' without adornments.
And if that was not acceptable...
A connection was not meant!

From the day we first met,
I discussed with you my interests.
And they haven't changed from what they were.
They are the same today as is preferred.

But somehow you believe,
I have been deceiving.
When it has been you all this time...
Wasting mine playing hide and seek.

Somehow you believe,
I have been deceiving...
When all that I am,
Has been a public acknowledgement.

And that is why I live my life,
Free to be me.
With flaws and all to be addressed.
Leaving little to interfere with my earned happiness.

To declare oneself to be free,
Is all the freedom one needs to experience it.

by Lawrence S. Pertillar

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