Prose for Thought – Being Nice Gets You Nowhere

Thank you to everyone who linked to Prose for Thought last week. We seem to be getting our regular group submitting now and are into a lovely groove with each other plus, we get a handful of people joining in now and again plus we get a new linker every now and then. New linkers are ALWAYS very welcome 🙂

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I am really enjoying reading rather than writing my poetry.  Thank you so much for your supportive comments last week, I really appreciate your feedback on what you thought of me reading my poem out and once again this week I have decided to record my post so that you can listen but I have also printed the words below so that you have the best of both worlds.

This week I wrote a poem about being ‘too nice’ – something I have been guilty of for far too long now and I am trying to get out of the habit of not saying ‘no’! BUT I am not going to stop being nice. I’d rather be that way to be honest.



Being nice gets you nowhere
Being nice gets you nowhere
That's what people say
Take off you with no thank you
Tell me will there come a day
Will people know or understand
How to be polite
It really doesn't take a lot
Please try with all your might

And then there's stabbing you in the back
I think that may be worse
I give and give without learning
I wonder why I curse!
I wonder if they realise 
what they actually did
Or if like me, their feelings
They keep them so well hid

But if being nice gets you nowhere
Then I'll be on that road
I'd rather have my morals intact
Than a nasty little toad
I'll stay just the way I am
Decent and upstanding
And you carry on the way you are
You'll be in for a bumpy landing!
Copyright Victoria Welton 31st July 2013

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  1. Helen
    August 6, 2013 / 3:19 pm

    True- better to be ‘nice’ and proud of yourself than ‘nasty’ and deep down know you are!

  2. Nortonum
    August 6, 2013 / 12:32 am

    I understand what you’re saying and sometimes it’s frustrating. My mum brought us up saying “it’s nice to be nice” I say it to my son now. Vic you don’t strike me as someone who could be nasty. Pleasant is better for your health too. Nasty brings nasty.

  3. August 2, 2013 / 9:20 pm

    I honestly think you should record all your poems as you have such a great voice for it!! xx

  4. August 1, 2013 / 10:18 am

    You need to stay just the way you are Vic! Hope you are okay. May join in this week if I can muster up some inspiration to write something!
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  5. August 1, 2013 / 10:13 am

    So true! I’d rather be nice and following my own little code and self-made rules rather than vicious and nasty!

  6. August 1, 2013 / 6:54 am

    What a great piece and topic! I so agree and would rather be nice….don’t want to follow the ‘aggressive/nasty/ruthless=successful’ route. xx
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