Mad Respect


You earned my respect many years ago

When you chose the hardest choice

Ignored the clamor, family turned foe

And listened to your own inner voice


You found a heart that made you happy

You decided to control your own life

You spoke your vows standing by the sea

And took for yourself a lovely wife


Most families could ask for little more

Unless cultured bias leads them blindly

Tradition trumping a love so pure

They could never see the heart you see


It is all their loss tallied in the end

As what fades is their desired control

You always stood by your very best friend

And have earned your kindred soul


And when it came time to stand alone

With the angst and the fear that holds

You spoke your truth in strident tone

And chose to live by being most bold


This simple choice to fight for yourself

Choosing to break when you could no longer bend

Is what I see as your greatest wealth

And why I am lucky to call you friend


20 Responses to “Mad Respect”
  1. Your words make my heart full and give me comfort that I’ve taken important steps towards being who I choose to be rather than be what others wanted me to be. Fabulous poem!

  2. beth says:

    how wonderful, both of you! what a lovely tribute of love and support

  3. kristianw84 says:

    Stunning work! I agree, it is important that we be true to ourselves, despite what others think; afterall, others don’t live with us, but we have no choice but to live ourselves.

  4. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    Beautiful words with such meaning, truth and art in one fantastic poem, smashing job my friend! Take good care,

  5. jonicaggiano says:

    I agree with ever comment. So well put my friend. Such a wonderful poetic piece about love, boldness, courage, and respecting oneself enough to break that mold. Beautiful work Brad.
    Please stay safe. Love ❤️ your friend who is sending much love. Jonikins

  6. T Milo says:

    This sounds like someone I know! I love this ❤️

  7. petespringerauthor says:

    The hardest choices sometimes involve going against the grain, particularly when the family is involved.

  8. Mike says:

    This one really hit home my friend! Love it.

  9. Anonymous says:

    This one really hit home my friend, love it!

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