Esther Leclerc

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Definition Of A Good Guy - Poem by Esther Leclerc

What is a good guy, she wanted to know.
The other said, 'In my experience, 'tis he
who never hits you whether high or low;
he comes home from work to watch TV;
plays some with the kids then tells them to go.'

She said, But what about love and the rest?
The wife replied, 'I used to know about that...
Once, with affection, my face and hands he kissed;
he'd hug and caress me with touch passionate...
I didn't know a loving heart wasn't beating in his chest.'

The wife carried on, 'Yes, he's a good guy:
he shouts a lot, it's true, but he pays the bills;
he just might notice if I lay down and died;
only now and then does he give me the chills...
No, he isn't much on love, and I don't know why.

But... yes... he's a very good guy.......'

Comments about Definition Of A Good Guy by Esther Leclerc

  • Cj Heck (4/11/2007 9:25:00 AM)

    Ahhh, yes... a good guy. It amazes me how men mellow with age - the old habits are still there, but it seems they lack the energy to be obnoxious and ornery any more! LOL I certainly can relate, Esther, and I so enjoyed this poem!
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  • (2/23/2007 8:49:00 AM)

    If we live long enough we all become good guys....cause we lose what it takes to be bad...I mean good. (Report) Reply

  • (2/17/2007 9:44:00 AM)

    That is pretty close to what a good guy is, but not quite there!
    NOT to be confused with a ' perfect ' guy!
    I would be interested to hear your take on a ' Good woman '!
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  • (1/9/2007 2:14:00 PM)

    I definately relate but could never quite put it into words! Good job Esther! ! (Report) Reply

  • (9/20/2006 12:20:00 PM)

    A classic case of familiarity breeding contempt! A good man is hard to find, but a hard man is good to find...oops...did I really say that :)
    A well expressed, if sad and 'matter of fact' summary of the flippancy in modern relationships...
    Take care :)
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  • (8/13/2006 12:53:00 AM)

    Sweet irony in this one. Seems to come from an earlier generation? Very sad without sentimentality. Reminds me of Jerry's 'Mirror Mirror' love it. Allie xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (Report) Reply

  • (8/10/2006 11:45:00 AM)

    Such an honest and thoughtfully crafted write Esther, I agree with Anna, 'achingly poignant'
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  • (8/8/2006 5:58:00 AM)

    The irony! 'once or twice' giving the chills does not for a good guy make. Your point is loud and clear and wonderfully written by means of a conversation. I'm sitting there, a fly on the wall, nodding my head (not, I hasten to add, through current experience!) Excellent E. t xx (Report) Reply

  • (8/6/2006 6:24:00 PM)

    I am touched by your sensitivity. You have a wonderful way with words. Warmth can be security in so many different ways. Take care.


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  • (8/3/2006 10:29:00 PM)

    'Bills paid': a wondrous thing.
    Other tasks are fleeting.
    Love takes many forms, and so
    Love the lover that you know.
    Passion fades with fading years
    Friendship grows - and Faith endures.
    Perhaps I'm wrong, I've seen a side
    Of love that ended upside-down:
    Mortals locked in suicide
    Pacts that made immortals frown.
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  • (7/31/2006 4:31:00 PM)

    Achingly poignant. Nothing beats true love, bills paid or not!
    Anna xxx
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  • (7/31/2006 11:13:00 AM)

    Is he now! ! Umm, be nice to Esther she one of the good ones
    Love duncan X
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  • (7/31/2006 9:30:00 AM)

    I like your rhyme scheme and the emphasis it gives to that final line. Fine poem of love and relationships and how it is not really between just the two, but a third, Time, always as well. - chuck (Report) Reply

  • (7/31/2006 1:28:00 AM)

    To only have those few words to say is so sad. Passion has went out the door and didn't say good bye. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, July 30, 2006

Poem Edited: Thursday, August 19, 2010

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