Ernestine Northover

Veteran Poet - 1,586 Points (25th March 1943)

Men Can'T Say Please - Poem by Ernestine Northover

Why is it that a man somehow, just cannot mention 'Please',
When asking for some help from me and you,
It really seems to me, that it is such an awful shame,
It tends to leave one feeling down and blue.

It's fetch me this, and, over there is what I want, Yes that! , .
But not one 'Please' is heard, it's not in sight,
And however much you give them hints, and however long you wait,
Their minds just stick, and never seem to bite.

It's like being in the army with the voice of the commander,
Shouting out his regular orders to his troops,
But when we tied the knot, I didn't join the army,
Oh! It really rankles, and give's one's heart the droops.

Sometimes one feels that all in all, one's just a useful soul,
Who's not really there, and invisible for sure,
We are so taken for granted, yet we answer every call,
I don't know why, we just don't, walk out the door! .

So a little 'Please' and 'Thank you' would go a long, long way,
'Manners make the man', my late dear Father said,
But can we expect some miracle to happen over night?
Never! So I'll 'knock off' now and 'disappear' to bed!

© Ernestine Northover


Comments about Men Can'T Say Please by Ernestine Northover

  • Abdulrazak Aralimatti (5/7/2015 6:43:00 AM)


    Truly, this polite word brings a lot of difference in our manners.Loved reading it. (Report) Reply

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  • Andrew Blakemore (8/25/2008 7:18:00 AM)


    I feel I must defend the male species here Ernestine but I can't! Wonderful insight, well done. Love Andrew x (Report) Reply

  • (4/1/2006 2:22:00 PM)


    Please, Please, Please, Please, Please, Please, Please.......................................
    Keep writing poetry for all of us to enjoy.Anyway 'Thankyou for all your wonderful work.
    I will be back to read some more soon.Love Duncan
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  • (1/31/2006 10:28:00 PM)


    I can do that! PLEASE...keep writing those
    lovely poems.
    Nickoli
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  • (1/9/2006 4:30:00 AM)


    I'de get rid of him Ernistine1 (laffin') . However I like this, it has good structure and the theme (a complaint) is set up very well. As a piece on an aspect of human nature - rarely looked upon by poets - it has great originality.

    The odd thing is that it is not a universal 'truth' and so on one level this comes across as personal egxasperation whilst on another it highlight the importance, within meaning, of words,
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  • (1/8/2006 4:01:00 PM)


    always the heart
    needs that manifestation
    of tenderness
    which soothes
    the ten thousand things
    of everyday life
    and yes
    Please, should be spoken
    and yes, Please
    is an aspect of courage
    to show that a soul needs
    not only deserves,
    and,
    for a person not skilled in introspection
    they must be shown
    this necessity
    in gentle words
    yet firm
    else the intimacy gets twisted
    and sadly at times
    so corrupted
    love vanishes
    so Please
    tell the special other
    to say Please
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  • (1/8/2006 1:16:00 PM)


    Thank you. Please would you consider the possibility that there are men who can say 'please' and that there are women who can't (or won't) ?
    Incidentally have you read Lynne Truss's book 'Talk to the Hand'?
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  • (1/8/2006 12:32:00 PM)


    From one who can. Please post more of these excellent poems. (Report) Reply

  • Oscar Mireles (1/8/2006 11:23:00 AM)


    It was a pleasure to read your poem. Thanks. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, January 8, 2006

Poem Edited: Tuesday, August 26, 2008


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