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It Takes Two Hands to Clap

A Poem on Respect

By Michelle LiewPublished about a month ago 1 min read
It Takes Two Hands to Clap
Photo by Guillermo Latorre on Unsplash

Have you ever thought about something as trivial as clapping? Although one of the simplest of planned or, occasionally, reflex actions, it takes many hands to resound, doesn't it?

So it is with the concept of respect. When we feel disrespected by someone (which happens on unfortunate occasions), it means that we might have disregarded someone else.  We've to show each other respect in order for this notion to resound. It takes two, or more, hands to clap. 

And so, we try to practice mutual respect. It's a delicate balance; we listen actively, empathise, agree to disagree and offer constructive feedback when necessary. Enjoy these Cinquains.

It takes

Two hands to clap

To make a roaring sound 

With pleasant resonance that charms

The heart

It takes 

Two ears to hear

To take in every need

Of the persons around who speak


It takes 

Two hearts to meld

To hearts to be as one

And understand each other's truths


It takes 

Two minds to meet

Agree or disagree

But only a single mouth to say



About the Creator

Michelle Liew

Hi, i am an English Language teacher cum freelance writer with a taste for pets, prose and poetry. When I'm not writing my heart out, I'm playing with my three dogs, Zorra, Cloudy and Snowball.

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  • Andrea Corwin about a month ago

    Ah ha! This, I love!! Perhaps a printout for the fridge!!

  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarranabout a month ago

    Yes, respect goes both ways. Loved your poem!

  • beatiful words , so wonderfully expressed

  • Alex H Mittelman about a month ago

    Fantastic poem! Wonderful!

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