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Nice Guys- a poem

Updated on August 21, 2013
A Nice Guy (?) from Kip Photographie Source:
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Nice Guys

By Tony DeLorger © 2011

The world is filled with nice guys,

as ineffectual as they can be.

Their lives are paved with good intentions,

but offer confusion and havoc in failure.

Their inherent harmlessness an irony,

by the devastation they cause.

Inaction their choice of security,

they can drag you to the depths of their ineptitude.

Nice guys finished last because the seeking has ceased,

their lives in the shadow of possibility,

clinging to the remnants of a life in tatters.

They seduce by the sweetness of need.

How effective they are in their veil of reality,

offering no more than the walls of limit,

all in the name of love.

How shallow they are in their self-realisation.

Nice guys are the best pretenders,

the masters of self-deception and the purveyors of lies,

wrapped in the whispers of loving protection and sharing.

How blind they are to their reality.

Nice guys are often helpless,

guided by their own needs and folly,

but lost, needing company.

Nice guys are not always nice.


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      Tony DeLorger 

      7 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks Eiddwen, glad you liked it.

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      7 years ago from Wales

      Great poem !!

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      7 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks Poetic Fool, glad you read and took the time to comment. It's appreciated. Cheers

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      Poetic Fool 

      7 years ago

      A lot of truth in this one, Tony! When you get to be our age (we're in the same generation) it's hard to find a guy (or women) who hasn't been broken in some way. I don't know if I would agree with it all but still a great job! I related to most of it.

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      jami l. pereira 

      7 years ago

      Yep , it pretty much used to suck such a way that i quit! dating is too much hard work! i figure now that if i meet someone , "good", and if i dont "good" lol its a win ~ win situation either way it goes with my thinking lol have a great day! and you are very right , when it comes to men like that , but here where i am from , the women are just as bad! i have alot of single guy friends and they complain the same as i do .... people are wicked on the dating scene , i just stay to myself , its a helluva lot quieter now and thats how i like it!! :) cheers !

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      7 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks for reading cooldad. Glad you liked it.

      Thanks Jami, It's really about people who present one way but are quite another. If you're in the dating scene you'll know what I mean. Often the seemingly good guys are the most broken, and need company in their small enclosures. It can be a trap for hapless women. Thanks for reading.

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      jami l. pereira 

      7 years ago

      I really enjoyed this although im not sure i "got" the "right" message you were telling ... i saw this ... i met this man and he thought i a good date , he liked to go fishing i thought that would be great! , next thing you know ,hes a no show , and two weeks later he was out with someone else ! ..story of my life ! lol thanks for the read!:)voted up ,awesome and beautiful!

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      7 years ago from Florida

      Very good, I liked this. Especially "nice guys finish last because the seeking has ceased"


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