Chivalry; such a simple word
But not simple enough to heed, or so I’ve heard
Do you offer your coat on chilly nights?
Or be the peace maker of every fight?
When you see a girl,
What do you see?
Do you see a daughter in God’s eyes?
Or do you give in to lust and greed?
A woman’s a woman
They are the crowning jewel
Taking them for granted
Is an act of a fool
Chivalry is something
But with each passing year
Men get thicker and bold
When you walk to a door
And a woman is there
Do you look the other way?
Or do you stand there and stare?
Do you push past her
And say, “Let me through?”
The proper way is you open it for her
And say, “After you!”
When you’re finishing a date
And it’s the end of the day
After you drop her off home
What do you say?
Well, you say, “Good night!”
And, “Thank you!” and, “Have a good night’s rest!”
Then she might kiss you on the cheek
And say, “You’re the best!”
If you see a woman is tired
And she has work to do
You walk up to her
And say, “Let me do that for you!”
Chivalry needs more than work
It needs commitment and understanding
In order to rise above the ‘Jerk’
So the next time you see a girl in need
Be better than what you are
Strive to be her supporting shoulder
Strive to be her guiding star
Men and boys alike today, are not the best at being kind or respectful to women and girls. And being a boy myself I am trying my best to pick up the slack of males. But I admit at some moments I am not all that good at being gentlemanly so I’m still as guilty as the next guy.
On several occasions at my school, LDS Church College Pesega, I witness first hand events where the boys in school act more like monkeys then ‘men’ and how much they can’t see they are just ruining their image and embarrassing themselves along with the male reputation.
One person that inspired me to right the poem on chivalry was my sister-in-law. Ever since I met her, she has always told me and advised me about gallantry and being nice. One song I remember her playing to emphasize her point was the song ‘Chivalry is dead.’ Through the whole song, the singer sings of how some say chivalry is dead, but he is the only one that will treat the girl he is singing to with respect.
I think that chivalry is something that all men and boys should be learning in school alongside all important subjects. In a way, I have learned that being chivalrous brings out the best in a man because I have seen it in my own home. My father and married brother have been great examples to me in many ways.
So all I want for men to learn is to be more respectful to women! Because one day, maybe women will lose their respect for us!