Respect

It’s earned. 
It’s never instantaneous. 
Try. 
 
For even 
in the absence 
of love, 
or extremity 
of hate, 
respect 
sets the tone 
of civility. 
Try. 
 
As to how 
can you give it 
to someone 
who disregards it; 
or one who mocks 
and bullies 
as much 
as he breathes? 
Try. 
 
For each time 
you give it, 
you earn it yourself. 
So, just 
try. 
 
For your own decency 
and peace of mind, 
try.

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