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I Have One Request
(February/'47 / Connecticut, USA)

I Have One Request

Poem By Lawrence S. Pertillar

Would someone find it better to be critiqued,
By another known to beat around the bush?
Or would they appreciate a more directness,
From one with no investment placed...
To fear they may bring to tears,
That 'someone' who threatens to jump off the roof...
Upon hearing the truth pure and free of sweeteners.

What is it you want to say to me?
I can take it.'

I have one request.

'Go ahead.'

You don't mind coming down off the roof,
Do you?
There is something about your wish to get fresh air,
While staring at the sidewalk below...
That makes me just a little bit nervous.

'So you 'do' have an investment in my emotions? '

If you are going to jump,
Let me run downstairs to move my car first.
It's parked right in front of the building.

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