A Fine Southern Gentleman


What would a fine southern gentleman say

if a stranger passed his way? --

Nod, smile, and “have a nice day.”


A gentlemen would always the

greeting start,

He would never turn his head

as though he had a cold heart.


This legendary man presumed no

ill intent by those he never knew

since his own errors were many not few.


Although the world has changed,

and sometimes filled with fright,

Let us too remember to smile

and greet each passerby

since the ability to do

what is right should always

remain clearly in sight.


For good manners and kind ways

 should always be our aim,

especially to the stranger we pass

although we may never know

his name.