Some Lessons Are More Effective

Poem By Lawrence S. Pertillar

Attempts were made to contact you!
Long before your present concerns became fashionable.
Long before your way of life,
Came crashing down to Earth.
Those things now happening to you...
Happened to others first.

Remember those homeless and hungry,
Expressing human needs?
You do recall expressing this statement...
'If they don't like it here,
Why don't they leave! '

You remember being given authority,
To select those for work...
And you chose those of 'quality'.

You remember being given government grants?
And choosing friends and family members,
To take the funds to fill up pocketbooks...
And their already bulging pants!

You remember representing yourself,
As a part of the community?
Only to express that when it was advantageous,
To take what you wanted.
Then you would leave.

Remember voices saying you should train the folks...
And sharing that,
A prosperity would grow?

But you let greed feed your selfishness!
That is why no one cares that you now suffer.
Or that you have no where to go!
And you feel offended with your defensiveness.

Some lessons are more effective...
If they are felt!
Like a beating received one gives oneself,
Before one can say they truly 'know'!

'Who learns more from their experiences?
Crabs on the bottom?
Those in the middle?
Or the ones on top? '

They are all in the same barrel...
So that process stops!

'Precisely! '

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