Francis Duggan

By Paying To Others - Poem by Francis Duggan

To your higher self you can only stay true
By paying to others the respect they are due
Those who in their words belittle and put others down
Do never become the heroes of the town
If you do not respect yourself respect to others you cannot show
I only say here what anyone should know
If you cannot love and respect self you cannot love at all
Those without such gifts in their ways are quite small
Those not loved as children lack love's inner glow
Into sarcastic and bitter adults they do grow
If you cannot love self you cannot love anyone
And respect is a thing that is earned not won
You will never know of respect if respect to others you don't pay
That is how it is and 'twill always be this way.

Topic(s) of this poem: lifestyle

Form: Sonnet

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, January 23, 2016

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