People Will Say They 'Know'

Poem By Lawrence S. Pertillar

We know 'of' those to claim we 'know',
Like we do a kept preference...
For something that is labelled.
To identify quickly the appearance,
As we do a 'thing' to accept or not...
With a doing to put 'it' in an identifiable place.
To please what it is we believe.

We know 'of' those to claim we 'know',
By looks, where one lives, possesses or dress.
We know 'of' those to claim we 'know',
By surfaced personalities we have come to address.
But not how they 'feel' if this they should show!

People will say they 'know' someone but don't.
To leave questions not to ask.
Preferring to 'assume'.
While leaving that task to directly ask quesions,
For a preference to gossip or innuendos to pass.

People will say they 'know' someone but don't.
If they did would they permit them to suffer alone?
People will say they 'know' someone but don't.
If they did shouldn't they express concern and interest?
People will say they 'know' someone but don't.
If they did would they condone,
Garbage and trash around them thrown?
Would they just sit in the midst of witnessing their conflicts?
Would they know it 'if' the ones claimed 'known,
Laid up at home with broken hearts or broken bones?
Would they know them that well to bother to telephone?

People will say they 'know' someone but don't.
To leave questions not to ask.
Preferring to 'assume'.
While leaving that task to directly ask quesions,
For a preference to gossip or innuendos to pass.

People will say they 'know' someone but don't.
If they did would they permit them to suffer alone?
So many make claims to know someone else.
But those often surprised by claims like this made,
Are the ones not approached to share in heartfelt conversation.

People will say they 'know' someone but don't.
And wont!
But will claim they do...
Most if not all of the time when rumors to gossip is done!

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