Written for:  Poets United Midweek Motif~Respect
In a time when disrespect is rampant, noticing respect is vital. We can still be surprised by the millions of ways people (and nations) show respect for each other. Let’s spread respect today. Let’s show it and praise it and trouble it and mend it.


“In societies where men are truly confident of their own worth,
women are not merely tolerated but valued.”
~Aung San Suu Kyi

R-E-S-P-E-C-T matters to Aretha,
lack of same left Rodney sad.
Don’t you cringe in company
of people who blatantly display
no respect for each other?
Most important, respect
yourself, and depart
from those who choose
not to respect you. Hold
your head up, and “be the
person your dog knows you are.”
Be a star.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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17 Responses to RESPECT

  1. I LOVE “be the person your dog knows you are”. Awesome! Hope your move went well, Sara. How are you doing?


  2. Susan Chast says:

    I’m with Sherry on the Dog’s character reference. What a convincing poem.


  3. marja says:

    Wise words and amazing how sensitive animals are who pick up on these things


  4. I love the line “be the person your dog knows you are.” Thanks for sharing your excellent poem.


  5. Rall says:

    The pets know who you are.. Sadly in many cases our furry friends have more insight and understanding than humans. I agree that one must leave, no matter who it is, anyone who disrespects them. Enjoyed this poem.


  6. annell4 says:

    Love your words! Twinkle! Twinkle!


  7. 1sojournal says:

    I love the fact that you recognize that animals are far more sensitive to true character than many human beings. And whole heartedly agree.


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  8. Sumana Roy says:

    Love your close and of course the pet reference 🙂


  9. Rosemary Nissen-Wade says:

    Absolutely! (And dogs are masters of unconditional love.)

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