NaPoWriMo – Poem / Poetry – “A Lightning Bolt To The Heart”

Howdy readers.

We are now at Day 10 of NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month) and this ole wagon has no intention of stopping (slowing down a tad maybe but never coming to a complete standstill!)

Here is the prompt for Day 10 over at the official NaPoWriMo website:-

NaPoWriMo – Day 10

So today I’ve decided to write another motivational poem and this one is a heartfelt ode to those of us who get flak for being the nice guys, the ones who get chewed up and spit out in the circus of life. This one is for you and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise – nice guys (and gals) don’t finish last – they take time to enjoy the journey, it’s all about the destination baby!

Scotto Bear from North Beach, MD, USA

“A Lightning Bolt To The Heart” by David Ellis

They say nice guys finish last
Why does everything have to be a race?
If I want to hold open doors, buy flowers
Pay women compliments for their endeavours
It shouldn’t be considered a disgrace

Being courteous is not a weakness
I don’t want to be cheap or fake
The power of listening closely to opinions
Giving advice straight from the heart
A lightening bolt to the senses in the confidence stakes

If there’s one thing that I hold dear
It is the determination to be sincere
I hold on to this value for dear life
It is my mantra that defines myself
It’s what keeps me going despite impossible odds

Maybe I come from a different time and place
My romantic ideals seem a million miles away
Yet to give is to receive far more potently
Never getting old, always better in each and every way
The exuberance of the process I enjoy to this very day

So what if I come across as quaint?
A relic from some forgotten past
I proudly wear my emotions out in the open
Wounding easily but still healing quickly when broken
A friend to those who want me to embrace them

I’ll be your shoulder to cry on, to the bitter end
The one that doesn’t give up, whatever the cost
In this perfect moment, all we have to do is look back
We’ve achieved so much together on this journey

Time to reflect and finish what we started
Your glance and your touch could move mountains
Where we both go next is an adventure in the making
To treat you well is a choice well worth taking


27 thoughts on “NaPoWriMo – Poem / Poetry – “A Lightning Bolt To The Heart”

  1. You know that ‘nice guys finish last’ quote is actually a misquote. That baseball player was on a team that did very poorly, and a reporter asked him about it. He really said: Nice guys, finished last’. It was just a statement of amused futility. Like, ‘what are you gonna do’.

    • Thank you Janey – your comment has made me very happy. I tried to make it personal and I think it came off very well. I hope to come up with another concept for us both to duet on again soon.

      • It was adorable. You’ll have ladies falling at your feet writing like that. The most romantic poem I’ve ever gotten was a drunken chat up line in a chipper haha.

        I would love to collaborate again! I’m off for two weeks so whenever you’re ready 🙂

  2. A source of great amusement is a thoroughly modern miss reacting to courtly manners. She is supposed to regard them as condescending and insulting, but she laps them up guiltily.

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