(February/'47 / Connecticut, USA)


I'm not ready to hit you with it just yet.
You know that one that comes...
And says what I may regret.
Like a milestone released,
But should have been kept...
Secretly swept away.
Or better left spoken.
Instead of written for display!

But I live to dare!
Challenged by my own fears,
I stare in the face.
Hoping one day to replace that with sheer joy.
But today, I must say...
I've come prepared to annoy.
I want to do that with love!
And there is where I find the conflict!

I wish to say something significant.
To reflect a growth in my development.
But my arrogance prevents me...
To show any hints of that at all.
So I guess that leaves us both satisfied.

by Lawrence S. Pertillar

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