(February/'47 / Connecticut, USA)

It's Your Feet You Need

You would get rid of it quicker,
Than in your mind kept to keep.
Whether it's...
Religiously held politics.
With claimed fixed beliefs,
Whether it's a praying with faith...
Everyday you claim to do,
You'd exchange in seconds...
If any benefit were in it to increase.

Quick to rid with a doing you are...
Whether it's,
Friendship given.
Or love said committed.
Whether it's a giving of patience,
Someone offers to you to tolerate.
You will 'still' let that slip away from your hands,
Just to say...
No one is around you who understands.

I've listened to your comments made.
And how everyday they change.
I've sat through countless use of your excuses,
To blame your rough and tough lived childhood...
Had kept you in a frame of mind that still remains,
Keeping you misunderstood.
But it's your feet you need to get up on and stand.
Stop making excuses to be less than a man.

Whether it's a giving of patience,
That someone offers to you with tolerance.
As many have done to do.
You will let slip away from your hands,
Quicker to excuse if it benefits.
Just to say...
No one is around you who understands.
And then you want to waste time for that to debate,
To gain an empathy with a doing that stays.
Well...
Baby boy,
Let me say this to make it clear and quick,
It's your feet you need to get up on and stand.
It's your feet you need to walk in adult shoes,
As if you understand what it takes to be a man.

You would get rid of it quicker,
Than in your mind kept to keep.
Whether it's...
Religiously held politics.
With claimed fixed beliefs.
Whether it's,
A friendship to you given.
Or love from you to state is committed.
Whether it's a giving of patience,
Someone offers to you to tolerate.
To eventually take for granted to throw away.
Well...
Let me say this to make it clear and quick,
It's your feet you need to get up on and stand.
It's your feet you need to walk in adult shoes,
As if you understand what it takes to be a man.
And with a doing done not to pretend!

by Lawrence S. Pertillar

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