(February/'47 / Connecticut, USA)

Evaluated

I would or could not,
Place a bet against anyone...
Who 'appears' to be less impressive.
Or...
Could I ever contemplate,
A decision to make...
To take a step in that direction.
I have lived to travel to observe and see,
Too many people defeated by false beliefs.

I've heard some offend others to express,
Less respect to give them...
Based upon,
Where they lived and how they dressed.
With proven substantiated ignorance,
Evaluated to rate.
As unconscious ignorance...
Dropped out of their mouths to escape.

I would or could not,
Place a bet against anyone...
Who 'appears' to be less impressive.
Or...
Could I ever contemplate,
A decision to make...
To take a step in that direction.

I have been taught and with it learned,
Passing judgement does not pay.
Especially to know that day will come,
For those who do misdeeds to others done...
Becomes difficult to overcome,
When the ones who remember...
Can forgive but can not forget,
Being disrespected...
By those who objectify appearances.
To justify their acceptance or rejection.

by Lawrence S. Pertillar

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