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Respect is something
We are all owed
Until we don’t deserve it.

Be respectful of other people,
And they’ll respect you.
Respect everyone, regardless
Of their point of view.

There’s a difference
Between bullying
And ‘freedom of speech’,
Of which I’m pretty sure
Silencing others with hate
Would be considered a breach.

You’re not a little kid.
You’re above bullying
And pushing and shoving;
Life is too short -
It should be spent
Respecting and loving.
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:iconstrugglingprey397:
strugglingprey397 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015
I respect you for giving your opinion but as you my have noticed I disagree.
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:iconcorporaterockwhore:
CorporateRockWhore Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
And I respect you for disagreeing 
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:iconacitorianscoria:
AcitorianScoria Featured By Owner May 21, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Artist
Started off with a good beginning then you forgot respect is something earned not forced upon.
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:iconcorporaterockwhore:
CorporateRockWhore Featured By Owner May 23, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I disagree. I think everyone is owed respect until they no longer deserve it. 
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:iconacitorianscoria:
AcitorianScoria Featured By Owner May 23, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Artist
People are supposed to earn it.
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Leafeo Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
You did a great job with this! ^^ It's very simple, but the impact is deep. Happy to see someone spreading goodness! <3
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The-Orifice-Oracle Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Student Writer
Loved the third stanza especially. The way it's worded made me chuckle. Clever.
Anyway, I like this. So many people can take this to heart and apply it to their lives, it's a shame.
Keep on going; you're making big strides.
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lovemondotrasho Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Simple but mad powerful.  The words are clear and to the point, which is what I love when it comes to certain situations.  It really makes one think about the way things have gone in their life, at least, it does for me.  People have always told me respect is a two way street, and I guess it is, but I would like to think that the majority of people should spend their time respecting others instead of sending spiteful hate.  

I think the first stanza of your poem is brilliant.  My favorite was "Until we don't deserve it" which personifies the idea of respect being a two way street.  

Beautiful poem! :love: 
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:iconcorporaterockwhore:
CorporateRockWhore Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you very much! I'm glad it made you think; that's one of the things that I really aim for in my poetry. I agree with you - respect may be a two way street, but you should always give respect instead of demanding it. 

Thanks again! :D
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adrianarosabell Featured By Owner May 3, 2014
nice poem it have a strong meaning Giggle but sometimes it is very difficult not to respect someone when you really hate  what they're doing Sweating a little... 
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Glowsparkle2000 Featured By Owner May 3, 2014
"Rise above hate;
love and tolerate".
This poem comes down to this. The slogan spread by so many bronies and followed by a few (I'm a pegasister, but I have to be critical!).
You are so right. This world needs more people like you. Inferno nod emoticon 
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azureauraa Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Student Writer
Simple but powerful enough to leave an impression. I love how you've kept this one to the point but provoking as well!
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DarkestEbony101 Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
This is amazing, and a great message. Thank you for sharing!
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poetrywriter27 Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
wow that's powerful writing i love it so much and it's very true to how people get treated thanks for posting it 
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:iconcorporaterockwhore:
CorporateRockWhore Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you very much; I'm glad you liked it :)
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BatflashIsMyDrug Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Student General Artist
Why are you so goooood?????????????
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:iconcorporaterockwhore:
CorporateRockWhore Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Haha :D
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Shadowfane2019 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014
Positively wonderful. Job well done here. <3 :hug:
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:iconcorporaterockwhore:
CorporateRockWhore Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you very much! :)
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Shadowfane2019 Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
Anytime. :) <3
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Sinsoffate Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014
nice
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:iconcorporaterockwhore:
CorporateRockWhore Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks :)
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VeryaLiona Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree! :)
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:iconcorporaterockwhore:
CorporateRockWhore Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:D
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LittleFreddie123 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist
♥♥♥
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:iconcorporaterockwhore:
CorporateRockWhore Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:)
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Suichu-Kokyu Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
agreed :D
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:iconcorporaterockwhore:
CorporateRockWhore Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:D
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topcat-sama Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
People seem to confuse respect and trust. Respect is something that should come natural as from on person to another. Different people go though different experiences but that doesn't make them any less deserving of respect. Whereas trust, is something that should be earned. Don't just trust anybody XD
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:iconcorporaterockwhore:
CorporateRockWhore Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I agree with you. :)
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Shirouyumi81 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I agree about this whole poem... I really do.. I give it :Origanl!! It's nice!
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:iconcorporaterockwhore:
CorporateRockWhore Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you :)
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Shirouyumi81 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Ur welcome!! (The whole thing is still nice.)
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OceanSilverBreeze Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
I love what Locke says about having freedom of speech. We might have the liberty, but we don't always have the license.
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:iconcorporaterockwhore:
CorporateRockWhore Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
That's a really good way to phrase it :)
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:iconoceansilverbreeze:
OceanSilverBreeze Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
Government class is good for something useful in my life! :D (I hate anything that has to do with politics.) 
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NightShadowCanDream Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Thatīs so true...
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:iconcorporaterockwhore:
CorporateRockWhore Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:)
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Marzipanzers Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep, extensive political arguments are pointless and divisive.  As always, believe whatever you want.

Fave from me
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:iconcorporaterockwhore:
CorporateRockWhore Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I think arguments are fine, it's just when they get disrespectful and rude that I have a problem with it.

Thank you :)
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ArenaDeborah Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
for example  one form of respect is when someone is already engaged and you respect the fact that have already who love him or her by near him or her and you let them live theyr life of love without ruine theyr relationship only cuz you want him or her for you  i hate those people that ruine the relationship of love of the others people cuz is one form of no respect and the have reason the boy or the girl to take at slap in face for have ruine his or her relationship of love :D (Big Grin) 
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EdgeOfDestruction Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Doesn't work fr me though cause no one respects me even if i respect everything they do!
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:iconcorporaterockwhore:
CorporateRockWhore Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I'd say kill them with kindness; show them so much respect and kindness that they feel guilty and realise the error of their ways.
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:iconedgeofdestruction:
EdgeOfDestruction Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nope no longer needed cause when you suddenly stop doing these things that they oh so desired from you they will slowly notice tat they can't be happy without them and eventually beg you for some! :meow: that's how i kill their dreams :meow:
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LetterToRaoulPeck Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
It is so amazing to do this and see the effects of it unfold.
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CyanideDrop Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cat nods I know the feeling....and i would like to add that there a people, who harass and disrespect you until you grab them by the scruff, shake them like a dog and put them in place. Obviously some need fear, humiliation or superciliousness to let others liveYoo hoo 
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:iconedgeofdestruction:
EdgeOfDestruction Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Naaaa.... all i have to do is stand firm in front of them with that rare serious look i do when i'm actually pissed off... :meow:
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CyanideDrop Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just found a good person on the internetD'aww Misty 
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everdeen127475 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Student Writer
I feel ya, you aren't the only one hug 
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LMW-The-Poet Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Especially with the second to last stanza, I mean when I say this is a great piece of truth society needs to learn nowadays.
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