The giving of respect

Respect is not just

some casual word you say,

as if that makes the word

magically come to life,

like in a children’s fairy tale.


Respect is shown in

actions that are not loud

but always clear

to the person being

given this most

precious of gifts.


Perhaps it is the case

that the giving of respect

is the highest giving,

greater even than love,

for it is about seeing

the transformative value

of one being’s offer to another,

and recognising its place

in a person’s creation.