Respect Poem - 3 Poems
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.
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.
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