Shel Silverstein


If we meet and I say, ‘Hi,'
That's a salutation. 
If you ask me how I feel,
That's a consideration.
If we stop and talk a while,
That's a conversation.
If we understand each other, 
That's communication. 
If we argue, scream and fight,
That's an altercation.
If later we apoligize, 
That's reconciliation.
If we help each other home,
That's a cooperation.
And all these ations added up 
Make Civilization.

(And if I say this is a wonderful poem, 
Is that exaggeration?)