IF we respect ourselves and others

it doesn’t mean we need to agree
we can make very different choices
we don’t even have to like them

it weakens our judgemental attitude

with respect we will take responsibility
for our own words actions and inactions
allowing blame and shame to evaporate

increasing our every comfort level

authentic respect excludes all bias
diversity is acceptable and curiosity
ensures our heart lightens as it opens

we cease projecting harmful attitudes

as we emanate genuine respect
inequality bigotry rape violence
have no breathing space to exist

safety joy and calm reign supreme

is respect so difficult to embrace
bigotry and violence have no place
why can’t we live together in grace

world peace inner peace
respect is our only choice

agreed propaganda brainwashes most
but those with a conscience should heed it!