Qualified To Make Productive Contributions
Poem By Lawrence S. Pertillar
Do you have a degree?
'A degree in what? '
Something that validates your intelligence!
Something that documents my discipline,
Something that verifies my verity,
To conform to the wholesomeness of humanity.
And I am now qualified to make productive contributions?
My life lived,
Has already provided the requirements.'
Whatever that was you said.
I imagine you have at least 'one' degree? '
I got me two.
And I'm gon' get me a job that pays.
'Hopefully not to teach English!
Suppose I did not have that 'degree'.
Would that make my efforts less credible?
Would that make a fame or notoriety less worthy?
I should pursue that route.
I know this is difficult for you to believe...
But a degree doesn't measure my success felt.
And I feel pretty damn successful! '
You 'do' have a degree?
'You've missed my point entirely.
Have been depicted as a scholar?
Thank you for opening my mind,
And doors! '
So you've studied to be a minister?