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Lofty Ambitions
(February/'47 / Connecticut, USA)

Lofty Ambitions

Poem By Lawrence S. Pertillar

I do the best I can to avoid confrontation.
Especially in environments in which disrespect,
Has become a sport.
And people are entertained,
By slandering others.
As if to do so gains an appeal,
To the quality of life love by those...
Who thrive on aggitation.

Even answering one's telephone,
May put one on the defense.
Sometimes being cordial,
Welcomes a misunderstanding!
And wanting to exchange pleasantries...
Turns into someone being upset,
Because you wish not to spend your time...
Swimming with them,
Through pools of solicited gossip.

'What's wrong with you?
Why you so 'bland'? '

~I'm just spending a quiet time home alone,
Enjoying my peace and relaxing! ~

'Well, you just do that then!
Maybe next time,
I'll catch you in a better mood.'

I do the best I can to avoid confrontation.
Especially in environments in which disrespect,
Has become a sport.
And people are entertained,
By slandering others.
As if to do so gains an appeal,
To the quality of life love by those...
Who thrive on aggitation.
And all that is desired,
Is a mutual exchange that benefits...
An uplifting of consciousness.
Yes...
I've been accused of having lofty ambitions.

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