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When is a man a gentleman?


How many men are gentlemen?
Even in the absences of ladies.
To not use foul language.
To view a female body with respect.

Someone’s mother; someone’s wife.
A gentleman cares and protects.
A man’s daughter, a man’s sister.
Their virtue a man’s honour to protect.

Has the world gone backwards?
To become uncivilised and coarse.
Can a man be blamed solely?
For women can be as unladylike too.

Children learn quick to swear.
Of course not in front of parents.
Teenagers think it’s cool to swear.
A vocabulary limited to four letter words.

Men who undress women with their eyes.
They leer and insinuate sexual desires.
Commenting on a woman’s voluptuous breast.
Disrespecting the women in their lives.

Women who dress indecently or scantily.
They use suggestive words and gestures.
I am not a prude. I am not on a witch hunt.
Maybe I’m just plain old-fashioned.

By C.E. Pereira



I'm a Eurasian of Portuguese, English, Scottish and Malay heritage. And my extended family are of Chinese and Indian heritage. In recent years, the younger generation have added on to include spouses from the Philippines, Nigeria and Russia. My world is made up of different colours like the rainbow. And like the rainbow I am unique. Reading is my form of relaxation, to escape from the drudgery of daily life and enter into a world of the imagination. It is the love of reading that has led me to try my hand in writing short stories and poems. I hope that in some way my stories and poems will take you for a little while away from the drudgery of the present into the pages of imagination. To new friends found, I bid you, Welcome. Sincerely, C.E. Pereira

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