(February/'47 / Connecticut, USA)

The Business Of The Poet

The business of the poet is done to live,
On the edge of idealistic impressions...
To express.
Mixed with a twisting hint of realism.
Some may come to criticize,
As having a bit of cynicism also addressed.

It is the business of the poet,
To remain true and honest with this pursued.
And kept delivered with this done to do.
With hope to achieve for the reader a belief,
An integrity that maintains has been done...

And regardless who may dispute,
The message, style or the topic a poet chooses...
Rarely does the poet who has chosen this avenue,
Will decide not to offend those uncomfortable...
With a truth to reveal and exposed,
To those who refuse...
How a poet does a prose done not to excuse.

by Lawrence S. Pertillar

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