Self Respect

I stand in the crowd, observing their faces

And I feel their fear, their perceived, covered bases

Society dictates, that we all toe the line

And woe and behold those, who deem to decline

It takes courage and guile, to carve your own path

When projections and opinions, can litter your hearth

Yet our purpose in life, is to discern our own way

To gain self-perception, to not let your thoughts stray

To know that there are, hard lessons to learn

It is our own self-respect, that we all have to earn

So suspend what you think, what you think you should do

In this way, to your heart and self, you’ll be true

Know you are utterly, perfect

Are you a slave to routine?

Or a slave to your mind?

Or a slave to the fears

That now riddle mankind?


Those invisible shackles

Are locked only by thought

Fictitious, limiting beliefs

Of which many are taught


Surrender takes courage

A lengthening of stride

A desire to be better

To encompass, not divide


Are you only counting days

Of a life, to get through?

Anxiety pandemic

Acquiring more, a virtue


Wake up from your sleep!

Seize the present; it’s a gift

Know you are utterly, perfect

Then start to heal your own rift