When all else fail
and respect is gone
listen to your own heartbeat
and you will hear
the sound of your own voice
screaming silently with courtesy
and consideration

Respect comes in different forms and appears in various LAYERS it could be a show of  esteem or honor for someone or something. An example of respect is being quiet in a church or truly listening to someone speak. Walking around, rather than through, in a  protected wilderness is also an example of respect.


The children’s book I read from the National Library of Singapore which has inspired me to write is poem


This part really touches my heart.


Written for calmkate’s yFriday fun challenge – layers

48 Replies to “Respect”

  1. I love the contradiction of this whole line: “….screaming silently with courtesy
    and consideration” It’s so perfect and thought provoking.

    And thank you for throwing a spotlight on that book. Such wonderful drawings, especially on the cover.

  2. When someone speaks, one would thing that both the eyes are focusing as well as ones ears. I once had a person tell me that they had not notice my ‘new’ look since they usually didn’t look at who they were talking to. Very sad.

    Two eyes, two ears, one mouth. This statement says look with both eyes, listen with both ears before opening one’s mouth.

      1. I’m glad Mich, too often we can’t see the beauty in our own work! Something I think we all need to work on… And sometimes, we need someone to give us a little nudge…

  3. oh these words sit so well with my soul Mich, your tender heart reaches across the vastness of space to convey a deep truth, only from your understanding and poem this is revealed to me with sch beauty and clarity. i love how the book has inspired you, but totally not surprised, the simple beauty is purely who you are

    1. Oh dear comment box has been lonely for a’ve been gone for a little while but i know in my heart you will be back..

      Thank you for seeing through beyond what my words can say…😊

      1. you have been quite instrumental for my return. thank you for your kind and loving heart.

        your words are precious gems, i have to handle them with care and admiration!

    1. I love children’ book and its my joy to read works of local authors wherever i go..and yes Patrick’s book really had me glued .i even took a picture of all the

  4. Thank you very much for this wonderful post, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. One part of it which really resonated with me is the point you raised that respect can have different layers, I totally agree! I have just published an article on my blog about the issue of respect and whether it is earned or given. It would be great if you could check it out and let me know your thoughts 🙂

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