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Poem: No Respect

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Poem Summary

No respect is a poem about youngsters today having no respect for elders. As she watches them her thoughts go on overdrive. She feels like she's in the Exorcist with her head spinning wanting to lash out. She wants to wake up their ungrateful souls.

"Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself - 4 Kid Whisperer"

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No Respect

Her thoughts on overdrive

watching arrogant youngsters

with empty hearts,

have no respect for their elders,

thinking the world revolves for them.


Her head spinning

like she’s in a scene from the Exorcist,

the top of her head in excruciating pain

like a volcano about to erupt.


Breathless with anger,

rage flowing like lava through her veins,

her tongue wanting to lash out

words of wisdom,

hoping to wake up their ungrateful souls.

"Respect Your Elders - A Clip From The Film Second Hand Lions" by Micah N. Cruz

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Comments

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on December 13, 2020:

Bill,

I do know a few but they are far and in between.

I'm with you.

I am old fashioned and I was raised better.

Parents don't spend enough quality time with their kids at a young age. They seem to just rule the house.

I hope this next generation does a better job, but I'm not holding my breath.

Have a great day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on December 13, 2020:

Chrish,

I'm glad to see you again.

It warms my heart to know you enjoy reading my work.

You are so right. It falls to the hands of the parents to teach the youngsters to respect their elders.

As far as a reason...maybe they think they are being cool..wanna be's in a crowd.

Take care and smile with each sunrise.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on December 13, 2020:

I know some good ones, but the norm is as you described, and I lay that all on the parents. I'm old-fashioned, I suppose, and proud of it, but kids must be taught respect at an early age, and the teaching must continue for as long as they are in the home.

Chrish Canosa from Manila Philippines on December 13, 2020:

Hey there Ms Brenda, it's me again :-)

While the message is so true! I haven't encounter some rudest youngs yet but I've heard a lot, as far as I'm concern, Parents should strictly do their part, your children's behaviour is in your hands. There is always a reasons behind those actions.

An awesome day to you again Ms Brenda ;-)

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on December 12, 2020:

Greg,

Thank you.

It saddens me the way these young kids are today.

I would never have gotten away with being disrespectful.

I guess it's the time we live in right now.

Take care and stay safe.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on December 12, 2020:

John,

Oh wow! I didn't realize some were not available in other countries.

Take care.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on December 12, 2020:

Manatita44,

Thank you so much!

I appreciate your thoughts.

I am doing my best to stay safe.

I hope you do too.

greg cain from Moscow, Idaho, USA on December 12, 2020:

Brenda - I love the poem, love the message and am saddened by the reality that inspired it. Great video clip to accompany and highlight the issue, too. I've never seen that movie, and now think I really need to...

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on December 12, 2020:

The video problem is probably just mine..some say ”this video is not

available to view in your country.”

manatita44 from london on December 12, 2020:

A stark piece! Impactful! What to do? stay safe and well.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on December 12, 2020:

Ann,

Me too! Definitely firmly ingrained.

It's hard to believe that respect for elders has gone right out the window.

What happened to listening to words of wisdom?

Take care and thanks for reading.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on December 12, 2020:

John,

I just tried the first video and it works fine on my end.

Maybe a glitch?

Anyone else having an issue?

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on December 12, 2020:

John,

Thank you.

It is such a problem around here.

I cannot believe the way kids today treat the elders.

They want stuff given to them like it's supposed to be free when they sit idly by doing nothing.

Then yelling at their elders.

Thanks for letting me know about video. I will check it out.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on December 12, 2020:

Peggy,

I know. It seems like so many of these kids have no respect.

I was definitely taught that and my parents would not have let me gotten away with that kind if disrespect.

Sad to see this today.

Ann Carr from SW England on December 12, 2020:

Yes, respect is wanting sometimes, but I think we have to earn it too. I too was taught to respect my elders and it's firmly ingrained!

Ann

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on December 12, 2020:

Brenda, this poem highlights a growing black of respect in society in general. I enjoyed it, as well as the clip ”Respect Your Elders.” that was great. The first video said ”video unavailable” for me.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on December 12, 2020:

Respecting one's elders was taught to us as children. Some people, it seems, never adequately learned those lessons. It carries over to how they act when they become adults.