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R-E-S-P-E-C-T (Louis Toliver Jr-Swartz, LA)

Do you know what his means to me?
Didn’t think so
So before you go
These words, you’re about to see

Rather you be a man or woman
Would you hold the door open for me?
Is it too much to ask
To tell me I’m pretty in the mornings?

Am I being too sensitive to ask
That you don’t call me a whore?
Or it is because I know who I am
That you are asking for more?

What man made up the philosophy
That another man can’t ask him for love?
What woman is so weak to decline
That she can look for strength in another woman?

I think it’s time we asked for a little respect
A little freedom to do as we please
A little room to move round in our own life
Are your paying attention to these words?

In this conclusion, you may not find rest
But I assure you a man wrote this poem
And that man is asking for a little respect
For all genders and sexualities, Trust.


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