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Respect vs Love

Sages say it's wise to persist
In striving for respect over love.
Such counsel I readily dismiss
One is set here, the other above.

Respect requires a clinical bent
Empathy-empty in the joints.
But love lodges everywhere sent
Heals, blesses, and anoints.

Respect eschews a pardoned act
Fearing a weakness be exposed.
But loves sustains itself intact
Caring not for what is supposed.

Prioritize respect if still you will
Seal it fast in bones and soul.
Know though when life bodes ill
It's love that makes it whole.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2014

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Date: 12/12/2014 7:05:00 AM
Another seven, Paul. An excellent poem. A clever rendition of one of life's great truths.
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Paul Schneiter
Date: 12/12/2014 12:44:00 PM
Please know, Cona, how much I appreciate and value your supportive, encouraging comments. You're a sweetheart for taking time to comment, all the while producing exquisite poetry of your own.
Date: 12/4/2014 9:22:00 PM
love this piece paul
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Paul Schneiter
Date: 12/11/2014 8:21:00 PM
Thank you, Liam. Your gracious words of praise humble me and fill me with gratitude for having such a friend.