Patriotic Poetry: Respect My Place
Look at the lines set into my face,
Look how the smile in my eyes is almost gone.
I’ve seen things no one else should see.
Committed my fair share of rights and wrongs.
I am by no means perfect.
In fact, I’m quite flawed,
But please don’t write me off.
Like I don’t matter at all.
I worked hard to get
Right where I am
I don’t ask for pity for my struggles.
Just act like you give a damn.
I paved the way
With these two calloused hands,
So the ground you tread on
Could be more fruitful land.
And all I ask,
Is you respect my place,
Treat me like a man
Not a waste of space.