Find a respect poem that encourages and inspires people to treat people with respect and love. We all need to show consideration and thoughtfulness to others.
It doesn't matter the color of our skin, the type of work we do, where we live, how much
money we have - every human being should be shown respect. We hope these poems inspire you.
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Everyone Is Worthwhile
Poet: Julie Hebert, ©2015
Life is for the go-getters,
The ones who change the world.
But never forget the few of us,
That work till the tides are hurled.
We are not known across the globe,
Or have a hefty pay.
We may not even have a car,
But we do our part each day.
We make a contribution,
To the world and all who live.
And although our jobs may not seem significant,
We still work hard and smile and give.
We are the people who serve you,
The gas attendant, gardener or cashier,
We are also hidden behind the scenes,
Wishing that we could appear.
We are often overlooked,
Not even given a smile.
Next time you run a quick errand,
Remember, respect and everyone is worthwhile.
Wealth and Want
Poet: Henry Reed Conant
How often the poor are despised and neglected,
For no other reason except they are poor;
How often the rich are beloved and respected,
Because they have uncounted wealth at their door.
There’s many an honest and virtuous heart,
To-day within poverty’s prison enchained;
While thousands reside amid pleasures of art,
Whose wealth was thro’ vice and dishonesty gained.
Despise not the needy because they are poor,
Nor envy the wealthy because of their gold;
Good or ill fortune may stand at our door,
But true hearts are not to be purchased or sold.
Poet: Ella Wheeler Wilcox
I must do as you do? Your own way I own
Is a very good way. And still,
There are sometimes two straight roads to a town,
One over, one under the hill.
You are treading the safe and the well-worn way
That the prudent choose each time;
And you think me reckless and rash to-day
Because I prefer to climb.
Your path is the right one, and so is mine.
We are not like peas in a pod,
Compelled to lie in a certain line,
Or else be scattered abroad.
'Twere a dull old world, methinks, my friend,
If we all went just one way;
Yet our paths will meet no doubt at the end,
Though they lead apart to-day.
You like the shade, and I like the sun;
You like an even pace,
I like to mix with the crowd and run,
And then rest after the race.
I like danger, and storm and strife,
You like a peaceful time;
I like the passion and surge of life,
You like its gentle rhyme,
You like buttercups, dewy sweet,
And crocuses, framed in snow;
I like roses, born of the heat,
And the red carnation's glow.
I must live my life, not yours, my friend,
For so it was written down;
We must follow our given paths to the end-
But I trust we shall meet — in town.
Poet: Catherine Pulsifer, ©2020
Respect is appreciating other people
Especially those outside your circle.
No one is better than you
We all have unique gifts, that is true.
So no matter what your status in life
Do not treat others with strife
Respect the role they play
What they do each and every day.
When you hold others in high esteem
The world will be brighter than it seems
We were all created with a purpose in mind
Respect and love and always be kind.
A Better Place
Poet: Catherine Pulsifer, ©2021
How often do you put others first?
Do you offer water when they thirst?
Do you show a courtesy,
Or are you too busy?
Does it matter their status
Or do you consider everyone precious?
Is money a factor that you consider
Before you help and deliver.
Are we not all made from the same
Whether we are rich or poor who is to blame
We need to show kindness to all
And make sure none do fall.
Respecting others is what we should do
It would spread more happiness too.
It doesn't matter the color of our skin
Or whether people are our kin.
At the end of the day
Even those who have strayed
We are all the same
No one is better than another, it's not in a name.
Treat others how you want to be treated
If we all did this and we just repeated
You never know when your life will be changed
And you find everything rearranged.
Don't look down on others who face troubles
Be there and encourage them in their struggle.
Respect is a thing you can freely give
Respect will make the world a better place to live.
by Dorothea S, Kopplin
The rewards of love are as great
as the efforts contributed to gain it.
If love is built on a strong foundation
of respect and admiration and grows little by little
with tiny deeds of kindness cementing it firmly,-
with consideration for the welfare of both individuals,-
then, love will live forever, faithful and undying.
There is no place in true love for disrespect, criticism,
selfishness or neglect.
Occasionally, it is wise to ask ourselves,
''Am I kind? Am I considerate?
Am I selfish? Am I thinking of my own personal desires or
am I thinking of the true welfare of all concerned?
Do I respect the individuality of my loved ones interests, desires and opinions,
or do I expect them to coincide with my own?"
Poet: Catherine Pulsifer, ©2021
Respect is a consideration for others
Remember we are all sisters and brothers.
Respect is putting others ahead of ourself
Thinking less of me and myself.
Respect is being polite
In our speaking and what we write.
Respect is showing manners that are good
And loving others in our neighborhood.
Respect is compassion for all
Whether they are rich or poor, big or small.
Respect is kindness that is shown
Doing it happily without a groan.
Respect is demonstrating dignity for those
Even for those that might impose.
Respect is being courteous too
It is how you live and what you do.
by James Freeman Clarke
And so when we are lost in the great maze of life,
And wander through the streets of this world feeling
That the familiar path is gone,
When we see no landmark of duty,
No inspiring light of attractive work,
And know not where we are,
Then, if our trust in God does not fail us,
We learn lessons we should not otherwise gain.
We learn self-direction or humility;
We learn to cast our care on Him who cares for us;
We learn to be grateful for every kindness that others can do us,
And to respect all forms of life,
And call no man common.
Poet: Edgar A. Guest
I'd hate to think so much of gold
That I would sell myself to gain it,
I'd hate the sound of metal cold
If I must shamefully attain it.
I'd hate to be so much a slave
To minted silver, gold and copper,
That I'd forget in moments grave
To do the decent thing and proper.
I'd like to live a life of ease,
And tread a pathway always sunny.
But I'd not worship on my knees
The golden idol known as Money.
A man of wealth I'd like to be.
But I would rather dig in ditches
Than ever have it said of me,
I'd sold my self-respect for riches.
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We hope these respect poems have been an inspiring reminder that in order for us to be respected we must also respect others. And in life, we need to respect
that each day is a gift and we should use it wisely.
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