Manners. Poem by Michael Walker


Rating: 4.7

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.

Monday, September 21, 2020
Topic(s) of this poem: life
These are my observations on good manners and bad manners, as seen mainly in my country.
Michael Walker 21 September 2020

There are six more lines, not there yet. M. Walker.

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Rose Marie Juan-austin 21 September 2020

An insightful poem. " If most people are well - mannered, all of society benefits. " Perceptive lines so very true. A well conveyed write.

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Mahtab Bangalee 21 September 2020

manners, of good and bad, assess the value of future life!

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Bernard F. Asuncion 09 October 2020

A well composed poem. Truly noble and magnificent...5 stars*****

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Michael Walker 29 September 2020

Your comment is slightly unexpected, but I do the same at times walking on the street. Thanks Darwin.

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Darwin Henry Beuning 28 September 2020

Michael, Good Manners! ! That ship here in America has sailed. As a youth, I was raised to say please and thank you, and always be polite. Now, I hold my head down and walk in silence.

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Michael Walker 29 September 2020

I know what it means to walk head down and avoid even greetings. Your comment is slightly unexpected even so.

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Rajnish Manga 22 September 2020

The poem reveals chinks and fault-lines of human nature. It is nice that with age, a better understanding of things prevails. Thanks for a studied presentation.

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Khairul Ahsan 22 September 2020

'If the other person keeps asking me to repeat something, I get annoyed and exasperated, although I may not show it' - that's good manners, no doubt!

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