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Something You Earn

You're there
Right there
But somehow you're not there at all

Looking now
Even now
Your eyes stare like a barren wall

Always leaving so I can't see you
Forever going and leaving me behind
What's the logic of your actions?
If only I could read your mind

Take time
Anytime
To set this impossible mess straight

Always late
Too late
Sorry, but I feel as if I I shouldn't wait

Now it's my turn to leave
Never again will I return
Maybe now you'll realize
Respect is something you earn


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  1. Date: 9/14/2012 2:30:00 AM

    Nicely said James! Lovely delivery!
  1. Date: 9/11/2012 7:24:00 PM

    Agreed! Respect is earned not owed..welcome ..enjoyed your poem Pat
  1. Date: 9/10/2012 6:14:00 AM

    A warm welcome to PoetrySoup I offer to you today James. I wish for you the best in your writing endeavors whatever they may be. Hoping you find even more inspiration by reading some of the poetry written here by other poets. May the sun shine on you that you might find great joy in your life. Thank you for sharing your writing with us. Love, Carol
  1. Date: 9/9/2012 7:59:00 AM

    Welcome my fellow countryman! "Respect is something you earn" so so true! Enjoy your stay... cheers, Jack

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