If I said “bless you” when you sneezed
Would you say “thank you” and be pleased?
If I held doors to let you through
Would you just smile and say “thank you”?
If I said “dinner, it’s on me”,
Would you be mad or let it be?
If I should stop to tilt my hat,
Would you laugh hard and point at that?
If I should bow to kiss your hand,
Would you be thrilled or take a stand?
Noble gestures that once nurtured,
Are outdated and perverted.
To treat a woman with respect
Is now politically incorrect.
Copyright © 2011 Norma Martiri
Thank you Thursday Poets Rally for the Perfect Poem Award
I nominate Black Swan Poetry for the next award.