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On Being Polite

by Pujakins

Some people think it's bad to burp,
with others it's expected!
In certain cultures shaking hands is de rigeur
in other's it's rejected!
Here is the mystery that puzzles me,
how is one to know what is polite?
I always thought if I behaved with kindness,
I'd be doing what was right.
Yet what is kind to one
might by another be considered rude,
it's tough to know how to behave,
so as not to intrude.
Perhaps the very best behavior
is to smile and say, "Oh, Ah,"
but then you might be thought a bore!
Which could be worse, by far.
Politeness is a sometime thing,
correctness is confusing.
I think I'll bumble on as best I can
and hope to be if not polite, amusing!

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Re: On Being Polite (Score: 1 )
by butterflyzrfree on Saturday, August 21, 2010 (07:10:27)
Super! I love this! In the last couplet you do lose the perfect tempo, tho, you could do this is you liked, but don't have to. Remove 'I think' and '...and hope to be'
See? Perfect rhymes! But it's up to you. It is a great funny poem, regardless. Smile gail

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    Re: On Being Polite (Score: 1 )
    by Pujakins on Sunday, August 22, 2010 (22:14:59)
    Dear Gail, I thought about what you said, and thank you for saying it. Actually, I put the extra sylables at the end on purpose, and perhaps it doesn't work, yet I wanted to be funny here, and that's the reason for the extra sylables that don't match the rest. It reads well if you read it aloud, and I tend to think of my poetry in that way, as being read aloud rather than silently. Certainly you are correct in what you say, however, try reading the poem out loud and see if you see what I mean? Warm Wishes and Pink Ribbons, Tasha

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      Re: On Being Polite (Score: 1 )
      by butterflyzrfree on Monday, August 23, 2010 (00:56:49)
      I believe Tasha, that you are correct! Take care, Gail

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        Re: On Being Polite (Score: 1 )
        by Pujakins on Monday, August 23, 2010 (09:49:16)
        Thanks! I am happy you agree because I value your opinion. Warm wishes and Happy Days, Tasha

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