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(18 June 1945 / Bradfield, England)

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Respect

If we can not respect another
How can we expect them to respect us
If we can not respect someone’s beliefs
How can we expect them to respect ours
If we can not respect another’s race
How can we expect that race to respect us
If we can not respect others
How can we expect respect in return

Everyone expects respect
No matter who they are
The only way to gain it
Is to start treating everyone
As a friend, a brother, a sister
As part of our extended family
No matter what colour or creed they are
Only then you will start to get
The respect you so dearly crave

Submitted: Saturday, March 24, 2007
Edited: Saturday, February 05, 2011


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  • Alvy Shaji (9/19/2012 12:33:00 AM)

    This Poem is just amazing!
    iits so true! respect is for everyone!
    WELL DONE DAVID! I AM SO PROUD OF U

    8 person liked.
    3 person did not like.
  • Chelsea Davies (3/30/2009 10:08:00 PM)

    wow
    this poem is so awesome
    it is true

  • Maliha Mirza (4/4/2008 3:18:00 AM)

    very................................................................................................. much good i give you 100 out of 100. What is the meaning of gain

  • Linda Weischedel (9/20/2007 10:28:00 PM)

    GREAT POEM!
    I love this poem you wote David.
    I giving you a 10 on this one!
    Always,
    Linda

  • Lisa Wilkinson (3/31/2007 5:46:00 AM)

    Maybe this poem should be read to many, never a true word said and well done with great expression, David.

  • Melvina Germain (3/25/2007 12:30:00 PM)

    David, wonderful poem of course, I agree, respect has to be earned not demanded. You are absolutely correct, we must respect another in order to gain respect from that individual. My kind of poem indeed, Thankyou David-Melvina-

  • Andrew mark Wilkinson (3/24/2007 3:16:00 PM)

    Respect always... Disrespect never... A Lesson my Friend that all should Learn... David...The Teacher once again my friend...10

  • Tara very irritated with PH injustice (3/24/2007 12:58:00 PM)

    Respect to you, sire, for a top piece! t x

  • Linda Ori (3/24/2007 12:48:00 PM)

    Wise words, David. You get what you put out - always. Respect is necessary and deserved by every human being, no matter what the situation. And....don't forget - as the song goes.........'respect yourself'!
    Linda

  • Declan McHenry (3/24/2007 12:17:00 PM)

    We give what we get and get what we give. It can be a vicious cycle unless ascending. Solid thought though David.

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