we all see respect as something we deserve
something we are owed
twisted words and gnarled thoughts
planted the seeds for belief
thinking actions can allow it to be bought
we fight for the rights others won’t allow
hoping one day we will be able to see our struggles turned into success
so we can give that final bow
it starts with a thought itching at our lips
the pulse in our stomach telling us what is right
the white knuckles fists preparing for the fight
in order to receive you must give
respect is not something we are peers or deserved
respect is a way to live.


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