No Trace of Grace

"G" is for . . . Good Manners,
which (ungloriously) may be all but gone!
Manners seem to have flown away and gone
and courtesy is on
Who’s to blame?

"Idealism is what precedes experience;
cynicism is what follows."
-- David T. Wolf

“Intelligence and courtesy not always are combined;
Often in a wooden house a golden room we find.”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

American Author
(1807 - 1882)

Eagerly, we fill our planners,
Waving still our angry banners.
We forget
What has happened to our manners?

At the table, in the store,
On the freeway – hear us roar.
Rushed? You bet.
Ruder yet.
Each of us becomes a boor.

Courtesy has disappeared.
Kindness flew, as many jeered.
Witty quips
And bolder blips
Flaunt what our forefathers feared.

Still, we scramble to impress
When we ought to bow, confess.
Class-less clowns,
Earning frowns,
For our manners are a mess.
c2008 by Linda Ann Nickerson

Posted for a variety of prompts:
ABC Wednesday (“G Is For . . . “)
Heads or Tails (“List 3 Things in Any Category”)
…In Other Words… (Quote – below)
Meme Express (“courtesy counts”)
Three Word Wednesday (“awry,” “blame” and “hiatus”)


  1. A very different and creative post for ABC Wednesday-letter- G.

    Bear((( )))

  2. I am with Bear Naked her..........yes a true gem for ABC Wednesday.
    Thanks for contributing.

  3. Excellent, very unique "G". Thanks for posting. Will be back for more

  4. Wow! You worked a lot into that post!

    Sad about manners, isn't it? My son has actually been considered weird because he has good manners and doesn't ditch them with his peers.

    And believe it or not, it wasn't the other kids who think so, it was the parents!

    No wonder their kids don't have good manners!

  5. Excellent question. Who is to blame? I'm tempted to say all of us... but then I remember that some of us use manners are our courteous to others. No easy answer :)

  6. Very full post! I was just thinking about posting something along the line of whatever happened to good manners. (I need to do some housework first.)