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


Copyright © Accidental Poet 2018



  • Fay Slimm.

    A wise course to take in life as this fine poem reveals is to treat as serious the need for feeling the need of accountability - - a great read A.P.

    • Accidental Poet

      Thanks Fay. In writing this one, I think a lot of the inspiration came from our politicians and the BS they think we're gullible enough to believe. I guess this poem would be my response to them.

    • Michael Edwards

      Fine advice and so well put AP

      • Accidental Poet

        Thanks Michael. It only took me 61 years to write.

      • Goldfinch60

        Very good write, as we go through our lives we learn so much and hopefully use it to do the right things, it is called experience.

        • Accidental Poet

          Some of us do Andy. And sadly some never really figure it out. Thanks for the read.

        • FineB

          Hello Accidental Poet,

          Thank you an excellent thought provoking poem.

          I liked it.

          Keep writing
          Fine B

          • Accidental Poet

            Hello FineB,

            You're welcome, I'm delighted you enjoyed it.

          • myself and me

            "Hold yourself to accountability "
            sending a good message.

          • w c

            I like to think I'm a little more accountable these days. Enjoyed the write!

            • Accidental Poet

              I'm sure you are WC, Thanks for reading, glad you liked it.

            • kevin browne

              I'm happy to see you write something which relates to us all. well covered, AP.

              • Accidental Poet

                Yes Kevin, I think we poets seem to see things that some tend to ignore. Thanks for reading Bro.

              • FredPeyer

                I absolutely love your poem, AP! Respect does not come from nothing, it has to be earned as you so well point out.

                • Accidental Poet

                  Thanks Fred. As I said to Fay, I think this poem was inspired by our politicians and world leaders. They don't appear to do much leading. Just a lot of ratchet jawing.

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