Lawrence S. Pertillar

Gold Star - 9,453 Points (February/'47 / Connecticut, USA)

Not Nearly As Painful - Poem by Lawrence S. Pertillar

I remembered when I first had my virginity taken away.
It was a frightening experience.
And I was still in my mid-teens.

'You don't have to talk about it.
I can understand.
You still have 'issues' about dealing with it?
To have it happen like that is painful.'

Yeah...
My dad caught me the first time,
Sneaking out the window.
I had to convince him I was sleep walking.
And twice I fell off the ledge...
During the rain.
And landed into the bushes below my bedroom window.
Look...
I still have the scar on my arm from the second fall.
Ten stitches.

'So 'who' took your virginity? '

I forget her name.
But one night she forgot to chain her Doberman.
That's when I busted my kneecap.

I told my dad I fell out the window.
He took me to some doctor!
And guess what?

'What? '

It was the girls' father.
He had her picture on the desk in his office.
How about you?
What was yours like?

'Not nearly as painful! '


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Poem Submitted: Saturday, September 27, 2008



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