What Are They Overcoming?

In places where people have lived to exist,
On myths and delusion and unfulfilled promises...
A truth spoken and direct has adverse affects.
And often results in shouting voices heard in protest.
Especially by those overwhelmed and upset,
Screaming about their entitlements...
They wish kept protected.
And they begin to hum and sing,
The 'overcoming' song.

'Why do they sing that and what is wished to overcome?
What are they overcoming with a wanting to have done?

Truth to speak.
Reality to see.
With a doing to leave their pretentions left to roam free.

by Lawrence S. Pertillar

Comments (3)

in my own collection, his song is one of the few lyrics I've bothered to re-read from time to time. love your poem. -Tailor
Nice, nice one. Lovely song, and a lovely poem to compliment it. Love Ernestine XXX
Sittin' on the dock of the bay, watching the tide roll away! Sittin' on the dock of the bay, Wasting time, Wasting time! I, too love Otis Redding's song, and I am so glad the Snail does too, cause it made you write this poem, wasting time! ! ! Thanks, Sweet Rosie Posie, for sharing it with us!