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Pretending To Be Concerned
(February/'47 / Connecticut, USA)

Pretending To Be Concerned

Poem By Lawrence S. Pertillar

I use to be accused of making,
Some of the most outrageous comments.
With a cynical and sarcastic flair.
But today my statements are not as offensive,
As I would like others to perceive them to be.
It seems my 'detected' embitterness,
Now is expressed openly by many.

Am I angered by this?
When I was thought to be a misfit maverick,
With nationalistic motives...
That allowed me to flaunt a daring to be different.
Everybody wants to be deemed as a disgruntled citizen.
And loudly voicing their disgust.

It seems as if when I did this,
I was quickly abandoned...
By those who chose to defend their pretentions.
And now...
They are pretending to be concerned.

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