(February/'47 / Connecticut, USA)

Up Against The Walls They Installed

At any price their decadence is wished.
An opportunity to be lifted away from it,
Keeps them at a distance!
Becoming suspicious.
What has been theirs for centuries declared...
Now faces scrutiny.
A mutiny leaves them unprepared!
That rubbish about trust,
Has been thrusted into a limelight.
This does not please those of historical deceit.
They are not accustomed to this kind of treachery.
Tethered by their own need to feed greed.
And from it,
They are hoping not to retreat.

This dishonesty cloaked,
Promises to expose them to those on the streets!
And leaks of this kind,
Finds them appalled!
A charading masquerade finally comes to a stall.
With blemishes once hidden and seducing those betrayed,
Now shown to be the nature of their flaws displayed!
Leaving them with their values and standards of life...
Up against the walls they've installed,
At the lowest grade they've kept shaded!
As they enforce sufferings endured by all.

by Lawrence S. Pertillar

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