if I have no respect
then I struggle to be kind
yet the more I respect
kindness flows easily

yet I can respect others
even if we don’t fully agree
as my world and each critter
genuinely deserve respect

but if it’s evident that
it’s clearly not mutual
then I need to tread wary
for kindness won’t follow

if others don’t respect me
then best that I flee
for kindness won’t be
better I set them free