SANITATION STRIKE 1968
National Civil Rights Museum Memphis, Tennessee, USA
"Self-respect without the respect of others is like a jewel which
will not stand the daylight."
"Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized."
“In societies where men are truly confident of their own worth,
women are not merely tolerated but valued."
“Appreciation is a wonderful thing.
It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.”
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.
Your challenge: Compose a new poem about a positive instance of respect.
when i watch you wrapped up like garbage sitting, surrounded by the smell of too old potato peels or when i watch you in your old man’s shoes with the little toe cut out sitting, waiting for your mind like next week’s grocery i say when i watch you you wet brown bag of a woman who used to be the best looking gal in georgia used to be called the Georgia Rose i stand up through your destruction i stand up
(there’ll be days like this.) — The Shirelles
These folks ’bout to respect me into the grave.
At eighty Mama said, (mama said)
“People think you change when you’re old
but you still got a girl inside.”
And men could see her, too
— that pink silk dress —
soothe that hotel bellboy
“Boy, I’m old enough
to be your mama.”
“well, you ain’t.”
But seventy is prime time
for me to own what “elder” brings.
I reap myself with the respect they sow.
They don’t know I got the road
wide open in me.
Source: Poetry (April 2013)
I'm just an ordinary chap
Who comes home to his tea,
And mostly I don't care a rap
What people think of me;
I do my job and take my pay,
And love of peace expound;
But as I go my patient way,
--Don't push me round.
Though I respect authority
And order never flout,
When Law and Justice disagree
You can include me out.
The Welfare State I tolerate
If it is kept in bound,
But if you wish to rouse my hate
--Just push me round.
And that's the way with lots of us:
We want to feel we're free;
So labour governments we cuss
And mock at monarchy.
Yea, we are men of secret mirth,
And fury seldom sound;
But if you value peace on earth
--Don't push us round.
excerpt from My Indian In-laws
I remember India: palm trees, monkey families, fresh lime juice in the streets, the sensual inundation of sights and smells and excess in everything. I was exotic and believable there. I was walking through dirt in my sari, to temples of the deities following the lead of my Indian in-laws. I was scooping up fire with my hands, glancing at idols that held no meaning for me, being marked by the ash. They smiled at the Western woman, acting religious, knowing it was my way of showing respect.
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(Read the rest HERE.)
☯Please share your new poem using Mr. Linky below andvisit others in the spirit of the community—Next week Sumana's Midweek Motif will be "Memories."
Thank you for another interesting promptReplyDelete
Looking forward to reading people's take on this prompt.ReplyDelete
Enjoying lovely responses to this wonderful prompt. Thank you Susan.ReplyDelete
Dear Poets, I asked for respect to be uplifted and here it is! And now you know MY secret, that I haven't finished any of the dozen poems I started and scrapped yesterday. Respect is simple, and most difficult if I want to include all and not focus on one moment. I will certainly make one small lyric today. Respecting your poems, even loving them.ReplyDelete
Thank you Susan for another interesting prompt. happy Wednesday to all poets here todayReplyDelete
Ah, how I love Miss Rosie! As for the topic, there are so many areas where respect is lacking, and needed, that I scarcely know how to begin. But I will seek some inspiration and return with something. Kids, over at Real Toads, my poem written in tandem with Paul Scribbles posted today, if you feel like taking a peek. It was a very cool exercise, writing with someone I didn't know, and we are both pleased with the result. We will be featuring Paul here in the coming weeks.ReplyDelete
Thank you for such an inspirational selection of poems and music. This is such a good topic. Glad to participate today.ReplyDelete
Dearest Susan ... in this upside down, turbulent, troubling times - I found myself being pulled into quite a funk this morning... thank you for this opportunity to see a a bit of light and pull myself out and about. Going on to read now. Again- thank you for the inspiration and looking forward to reading and responding.ReplyDelete
Thank you all for this time together.ReplyDelete
Thank you for the prompt. My piece isn't a poem, but a very current reflection on what respect really means.ReplyDelete
My respect to my walking partner :)ReplyDelete
This was hard for me to write – partly because I tried to respond simultaneously to the dVerse acrostic prompt and partly because I was trying to use poetry for intellectual argument, which is not my forté.ReplyDelete
PS Thank you for providing me with a quote to use in my acrostic, Susan!Delete
It's very cool how you did that. They may be the only words of mine ever memorialized in someone's poem!Delete