It was one of those qualities,

One that was highly treasured.

Young people would use it,

Use it when greeting their elders.

Many used it when meeting strangers,

It was one of those beauties in life.


Nowadays it shocks me,

Shocks me when it is used,

And I am sorrowful,

Sorrowful about its loss,

Its loss from so many people.


I would like to believe it will return

But I may not see it in my lifetime.

That so meaningful way of life

Which costs nothing to give.

It is known as,



  • Michael Edwards

    Indeed - I also mourn the lack of respect which has, sadly, even on this site been shown from time to time.

    • Goldfinch60

      Thank you Michael, yes it does happen on here occasionally, so sad.


    • orchidee

      In some cases it's just reduced to some stupid rap, and people going about saying 'respect!' Potty!

      • Goldfinch60

        That is true but it can still have a good meaning.


      • Neville

        tis but a sad reflection in the mirror of these most modern of times... a much needed micro rant in poetic guise sir Andy

        • Goldfinch60

          Thank you Neville, we can only hope it reappears.


        • Fay Slimm.

          That beautiful word so clearly described has got lost in the me-first attitudes today. Thank you for the reminder of more graceful times Andy.

          • Goldfinch60

            Thank you Fay, you are right there is so much selfishness in our world at the moment, we can but hope respect returns.


          • mystic flower

            Beautiful write reflecting the saddest reality


            • Goldfinch60

              Thank you Mystic, much appreciated.


            • John Prophet

              So true, great write from a place of wisdom not found in the young.

              • Goldfinch60

                Thank you John. Very occasionally you see respect in the young so maybe seeds have been planted in some of them, I would like to see them germinate in others.


              • AuburnScribbler

                Brilliantly said Andy, and to me, it is also important that respect is earned, and not passed around like a "pass the parcel". Respect is a special entity, and I agree, it needs to make a much-needed comeback.

                Hope all is well.


                • Goldfinch60

                  Thank you Ben, yes respect is earned but once lost is very difficult to return.

                  I am fine, I hope you are well also.


                • ANGELA & BRIAN

                  ANGELA HERE - Good Evening Uncle Andy ! Thanks for sharing FUARE very soothing after a tough Day welcoming SMOKEY into our Family & the Community - Hes asleep now !
                  RESPECT is a lost Quality in the 21st C especially among the Young ! Lack of respect for Parents & Seniors and those in neccessary authority Teachers - Clergy - Bosses - Politicians - Royalty - Police - Military - Doctors - Nurses - Shopkeepers etc etc. RESPECT begins with SELF - RESPECT and if a PERSON has no SR then They wont respect others ! BRIAN & I are both in Professions which depend on Mutual Respect - Brian as a Teacher and Myself as a Physio. Also as Church Youth Leaders - We respect each of our 20 teens - and we seek to live lives which will enable them to respect US ! As you know *SMOKEY HAS LANDED* Today ! We respect all Flora & Fauna but we have to have rules for SMOKEY which we exepct Him to respect ! For instance he is welcome in all rooms on the ground floor but upstairs is VERBOTEN (we have a CHILD / CAT & DOG gate on the bottom step of the stairs !).


                  This was why Hitlers *TAUSAND JAHRE REICH*
                  only lasted 12 bloody Years 1933 - 45 !
                  Blessing & Peace to YOU & YOURS
                  Love ANGELA & BRIAN 🧡🤍💙

                • Laura


                  A subject dear to my heart!
                  One of my objectives when I taught seven year olds was to show them what RESPECT meant...showing by doing!

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                  When they experience respect, they’ll show respect!

                  I enjoyed the video.
                  Thank you for sharing.


                  • Goldfinch60

                    Thank you Laura, great words to give to the children (and for some adults nowadays).


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