Good manners sail on the Gulf Streamof mutual satisfaction:
Bad manners sail in the Southern Ocean of cold indifference.
If most people are well-mannered, all of society benefits.
After getting called out for yawning and not listening
to the Other, I now give peoplemy full attention
in a one-on-one or on the phone,just as important.
If the other person keeps asking me to repeat something,
I get annoyed, although I may not show it.
It was a different story in the classroomwhen pupils talked on,
as if I knew nothing.
I do know that I had some bad manners in youth, like ignoring people,
even not answering their question sometimes, speaking loud,
and not thinking things through in a group before I spoke out.
As I got older, I at least tried to be a better person. Did you?
- 1 October 2020.
This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.I would like to translate this poem