r-e-s-p-e-c-t, find out what it means to me

by Nanette Bellman

i'm getting pretty close
to hanging my coat up
or hanging you out to dry.
i'm always the one
who ruins our days together.
and you never let me forget it.
so when i never let you forget
i could ruin the rest of your life
you say,
"that's respectable."
just remember,
i can do it all in one breath.


Author's Note: respect is earned, never given. especially when you get home.

Posted on 03/26/2009
Copyright © 2020 Nanette Bellman

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Joan Serratelli on 03/26/09 at 08:10 PM

This piece speaks thetruth. Respect is earned- not simply given. I liked the message you laid out. Good job!

Posted by Morgan D Hafele on 03/26/09 at 08:44 PM


Posted by Paul Marino on 03/26/09 at 10:56 PM

can you do the lyric in one breath? if that's what yr also saying then this poem is gold.

Posted by Steven Kenworthy on 03/31/09 at 03:43 AM

this speaks a thousand volumes worth of text for your current status...when everything feels like a build-up to the next spoiled moment...it's hard to ever get excited. this poem is a modern-day guilted definition of what it's like to always be wrong. heavy stuff...but brunt and well-written as usual. excellence NB. ;)

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