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OSI: “Respect”

I’m once again participating in the fun that is One Single Impression. If you enjoy poetry and awesomeness of various stripes, check it out, won’t you?

The prompt this week over at One Single Impression is “Respect,” a concept that’s weighed rather heavily on my mind of late. Of all the “common” courtesies, it seems to me that respect is one of the fastest-fading. With this in mind, I give you:

 

RESPECT

You demand respect,
And I will gladly give it to you,
provided you no longer

denigrate
annihilate
humiliate
eviscerate
debilitate

or

segregate

Me, and millions like me;
We will no longer allow you
To smooth over with glib insincerity
and sanctimonious piety
The gleaming facades, the Potemkin shambletowns
that stretch too thin over the jagged barrows of your hate.

We demand respect.
And we will never, ever stop
until you understand you must

reciprocate
facilitate
ameliorate
meditate
celebrate

and

demonstrate

That, at long last you not only see us
But know we are looking back.

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2 Comments

  1. hard strong tough words produce fear….warnings make us think about that…(?)

  2. Rules well laid.
    It is good to be firm.

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