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
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."