Respect?

A simple definition will not due.

What is respect?

My idea or yours?

I know where yours comes from.

It comes from a branch so sucked into the means of society, it has lost all meaning.

"Respect yourself," you say.

To your standards, or to mine?

Your definition is drawn from the idea that respect,

Comes from other people.

It does not come from the individual themselves. 

To respect myself means I must have respect from you.

Ha.. 

My idea of respect comes from myself.

Who I am.

What I am.

What believe is right. 

I know what's best for myself.

I know how to respect myself. 

I know how to cherish my being. 

This is my life.

Not yours.

The only person I need respect from,

Is me.

This poem is about: 
Me

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