Beyond mere respect and honour,
What do we owe to each other?
Word, act, and stifled laughter?
Even when they don’t really matter?
Is good intent enough? Beneficence?
Or is thought worthless without substance?
I ask because I’m stuck still:
paralyzed ethically. At least until
I know what we owe to each other
And when and where I should bother.
Mayhap my sin
is that I dare
to ask and ask,
Would this be fair?
When always you
Would only ask
"Are you at peace
My truest pleasure?"