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What qualities constitute Respect, a gentleman refined

Updated on September 2, 2012
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Respect is a gentleman refined,

Empathetic to peers in need;

Selfless, truthful and kind

Prizing other’s deeds,

Ever ready to lend a hand

Calm in the face of wrath

Thoughtful in making his stand.


Respect others emotions

Reverence he shows for the dignity

Especially towards self-worth

Seldom does he show irritability

Pleasant when others play upon his nerves

Even tempered when facing anger

Cautious with what he says

Timely is he as an acknowledger.


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Retrospective is he in his actions

Erudite in his beliefs;

Self-aware in his reactions

Practical in what he conceives.

Esteems himself at good rate

Careful with what he does

Temperament calm is his trait.


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Regards others with consideration

Effusive, amicable and kind

Slow to say things out of frustration

Painstaking so others will not mind

Elegant in disposition

Certain in his stand

Thankful for his position.

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Ready for others to make space

Energy put into compassion

Serving others with good grace

Polished with empathy and contrition

Ensnared in difficult positions

Constructive advice he gives to those

Torn between positions

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Radiating self-confidence

Elegance he defines

Sureness he exudes

Placates when it is due time

Erect does he stand

Candid with thoughts only at times

Trustworthiness at hand.


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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Indeed, Ann! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Ann1Az2 5 years ago from Orange, Texas

      It's too bad we don't have more of this these days! Well done, midget!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Hyphenbird! I wish that there would be more of them around!! We never forget one when we meet him, indeed!! Thanks for dropping by!

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      Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      I do love a gentleman. One never forgets his courtesy and manners. You did a lovely job on this poem. Thank you midget38 for a delightful read.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Seems like we all seem to think so.....I think it's hard for anyone to emulate all these qualities, actually!! TT, yep, a rare species indeed!! Thanks, my friend, for coming by!!

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Midget38, do they still make gentlemen these days? I thought it was an endangered species! :)

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      LOL! Hatter, I"m sure you well qualify. Thanks for coming by!

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this edification. ;-)

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks Grishpuri, glad you've enjoyed it!

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      Girish puri 5 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Thanks, for portraying all the good qualities of a gentleman, great hub, voted interesting,

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Cloud Explorer!! This is a nobleman that is indeed really exemplary. I'm so glad you've enjoyed it. Thanks for the lovely compliment and the share as well! Appreciate the visit!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Mary, I think that's because we think we are being difficult if we ask for these things. So we lower our expectations!! Thanks for the vote, share and coming by, my friend!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      LOL! Nell, will set that up as a reminder sticky note!! Yup. he's definitely a gem! Thanks for the vote and share as well!!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      That's true, ExperienceNow...I think he'd be a real task to find!! Thanks for coming by and the wonderful comment.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Every gal's dream, isn't he, Kim!! LOL! Thanks for voting and sharing!!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      heartexpressions, LOL!! I think he's every gal's dream!! Thanks for coming by!!

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      This is an exception display of a noblemen, someone who has all the identifying characters of nobility, and not that of arrogance but of the coolest temperament , self esteem, and humility.

      A true man's definition, and that of a real leader of many, thanks for this awesome poem Midget, you are too cool for this.

      It was Written like a pro, and I believe that is what you are as a poet, now I need to catch up to a bit of your prose as well.

      Many Thumbs up and getting shared for sure.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      A gentleman now a days is hard to find. I blame a lot of that on women, believe it or not. We have not allowed men to be gentlemen because we didn't insist on them being one. Like some women don't even want a man to hold a door for her, etc.etc.

      Great work here.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      What a great poem! and if you find a man like this, please send him my way! lol! wonderful! voted and tweeted, nell

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      ExperienceNow 5 years ago

      Well written poem! Congratulations! However, in reality, only 2% men have ALL these qualities.

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      I have never met a man like this... can you tell me when you find one? ^_^ I adore this poem. The flow is wonderful! Voted up and shared.

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      heartexpressions 5 years ago

      Can I get me one?

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, BIll!!! Always so glad to make someone's day!! Appreciate you, and so glad that it's off to a good start!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Excellent Michelle....this flowed beautifully! A great way for me to start off my day!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Hello Chuck...glad you liked this!! I hope to make acrostics fun. Appreciate you coming by!!

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      Charles Dawson 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, VA

      I love acrostic poems, and this one was absolutely marvelous. Great job!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Whonunuwho, I guess Big Foot needs to use him as an example, though he's perfectly comfortable the way he is. Thanks for coming by!

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      whonunuwho 5 years ago from United States

      I liked your work. I suppose he would be the kind of man that "Big Foot" would ask for his autograph and take his picture...just for fun. Thanks midget.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Meldz, if only we could meet these guys! Thanks for the visit, my dear.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      LOL! Janine, I forgot to add that a gentleman is humble as well. Glad that Kevin is a wonderful gentleman - and that the two of you make such a lovely couple!! Thanks for sharing, my dear!!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Love the alliteration in your lovely comment, Docmo! :-) Thanks for the visit and the share and it really does mean so much!!. I'd think you'd fit the gentlemanly bill here, though!!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Indeed Ish, wish we could!! This portrays a gentleman in perfection.....I guess if we could be that way all the time, we wouldn't be human either. But we can do our best!! Thanks, Ish for dropping by!!

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      ignugent17 5 years ago

      Very neat Michelle. I liked it and it really describes a gentleman "cautious with what he say"

      Have a good day!

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Richard, now you sound like my husband and must tell you even though he jokes, one of the things I did find so attractive about my husband was that he indeed was a gentlemen and respected women. He was told this at an early age by his mother, so I can say that I consider myself lucky in this area with my own husband, but that said Michelle I honestly love your poetry and it always leaves me wanting more from you. Have of course voted up, shared and tweeted too!!

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      Mohan Kumar 5 years ago from UK

      Rarely have I come across- Eloquent erudition such as this- Summarising sensibly such details- Perfect ponderings on Gentlemanly traits- Every attribute artfully described- Clever acrostic cunningly constructed- Totally tantalising terrific acrostic.

      Voted up and shared - of course!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Hi Richard, thanks for dropping in! Don't worry, I don't qualify physically as a gentleman but I can't live up to all these things all the time either. LOL! My take on respect and dignity!!

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      You portrayed all the good qualities of a complete gentleman in this wonderful poem! It is rare to find a complete and chivalrous gentleman as described in your engaging poem these days. If any girl/lady have a near-perfect gentleman in her life, she is indeed blessed. An amazing poem! Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Awesome & Interesting. Voted up & Socially Shared

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      Rich 5 years ago from Kentucky

      Well, this obviously leaves me out! lol

      Much to live up to here. Perhaps, half a gentleman is better than none.

      Interesting concept here. Great poems! Up & Interesting

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      An acrostic poem about what respecting others entails.