NaPoWriMo Day 18, Respect

Day 18 NaPoWriMo : Today’s prompt is  to write a poem that begins and ends with the same word. Not easy so here goes!















Respect the boys demand,

Bling  dripping from neck and hand.

Acting like gangsters  pushing everyone around

Out your mouth you make Jamaican sound.

Big man, you think you are

Driving round in your  customed car.

Running with the gang hanging with the girls

Your prospect disapearing like swine before pearls.

Harassing the nervous and the older folk

Littering the place with needles, skank and  coke.

Never mind the children playing by the swings

They don’t know about needle sticks, aids and things

Peddling drugs and using kids on bikes as runners

Making rules for gangs, becoming knifers and gunners!

Starting young and never growing old

Ending up dead in a pool of blood on the pavement cold.

Mother grieving, says he was a good son

She don’t know the half of what he’s done.

Black hearse carries the boy, all his friends stand and reflect

On his coffin a single wreath spells the one word, Respect.


19 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. myworkloadblog
    Apr 18, 2013 @ 16:45:34

    Reblogged this on Grand and Humble and commented:
    Complacency. Dauntless.

    I liked the story very much, showing virtues both grand and humble.


  2. reikiheidi
    Apr 18, 2013 @ 16:49:15

    Fantastic! I like the connection from beginning to end, the journey right through of the life – and death. and your clarity and satire. The last line sent a shiver through me.


  3. sheridegrom - From the literary and legislative trenches.
    Apr 18, 2013 @ 20:26:06

    Nice job beginning and ending with ‘respect’ and you told a powerful story as well. Perfection!


  4. jessicanix
    Apr 18, 2013 @ 22:55:18

    An excellent and thorough story in short, poetic form. Delightful.


  5. penpusherpen
    Apr 19, 2013 @ 13:52:33

    You said it, Sweet Willow, respect is earned not asked for… and you told it like it is, the whole picture painted so well by your words…. hugs aplenty… xPenx


    Apr 19, 2013 @ 21:36:01

    Respect isnot really earned but, when given it needs to be taken as a privilege ~excellent writing !


  7. WordsFallFromMyEyes
    Apr 20, 2013 @ 09:17:34

    Excellent again Willow. You are SO flowing these days – just excellent. I like how you rhyme, & I agree: just about rapping 🙂


  8. Gray Dawster
    Apr 20, 2013 @ 12:20:51

    Have you added this one before Willowdot I seem to remember it, but either way It’s a very good poem 🙂 Have a fun weekend and be good, if you like I mean? 😉 lol xxx


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