It Is Possible to Be Nice

 

Good is hard

hard as difficult

bright as ice

through acting it is

possible to be nice.

 

It is possible to be nice

like asking for a show of hands

regarding good suggestions

it is possible

to walk through life

bad backside

turned netherward

from the goodly sun.

 

Good is secret

it is possible

to be nicely open

openly overt.

Be always asking kindly

for a show of hands

regarding blessings

meant to fall

on all and all alike.

 

Good is too bright

desire, dangerous.

Greed is shaded.

Now it’s possible

to wipe saliva

from your dripping jowls

with a lacy handkerchief

that you yourself crocheted

asking later

for a show of hands

regarding the after-dinner speaker.

 

Regarding the after-hours preacher

with a kindly eye is nice.

It is possible to be nice

and look up to a preacher

with a trusting eye,

allowing his call for a show of hands

pressed together

in prayer

for a complex of blessings.

 

Good’s complex.

It is possible to be simple.

Backyard sunbathing

is simple, warm,

while staring straight back

at the sun

is dangerous to the eyes.

Desire is sweet

and greed can be secret

when curtained in a show of hands.

It is possible to be nice.

Good is hard as ice.

 

Jean Esteve