Accidental Poet



I grew up

Same as most kids

Not a lot of thought

In anything I did


But as the years passed

I began to see

The ways of the world

Revealed to me


Learning the meaning

Of earned respect

That it’s a two way street

An honest manner to reflect


If I’ve learned anything

In living sixty-one years

It’s to hold myself accountable

To let it be my driving gears


Everyone wants respect but

Respect is a double-edged sword

It can solidify your honor

Or prove deceit in your word


To deserve respect you need to

Understand responsibility

To own your actions, good or bad

Hold yourself to accountability


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