I Allow Myself To Hate

A Poem

Jonathan Greene
Mar 18, 2020 · 2 min read
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It’s a wonder to me how some people
are so immune to hatred
as if they can wilfully disregard
all the ills of society and their
own personal biases in favor of
a cup of hot water with lemon

I don’t envy them at all
because I don’t believe them
I don’t believe you can be hate-free
and live in a society like ours
But when it comes to hate
I think the word is oft misconstrued
My hatred for people in general
is not discriminatory or sexist
I just find a lot of people
to be supremely annoying
My hatred for capers and olives
is not just a mild feeling
I really hate them and wish
that they were sent to an island
where they could smash themselves
together, making olive & caper sandwiches
to their heart’s content

I don’t need a sugar-coated version of life
where hate is a non-entity,
a forgotten emotion that is too often
the subject of hyperbolic rage
when coupled with prejudice
That’s not my kind of hate, but I do,
in fact, hate prejudice and bigotry
Is hate too strong a word for that?

I hate cigarette smoke and pedophiles
I hate the freezing cold and politicians
I hate sideways rain and doorbells
I hate things and I don’t feel bad about it
The problem is that extremists
hate and act
while I just quietly hate
and clasp my hands or hold my nose
to keep my aggressive thoughts to myself
so as not to bother anyone else
with my self-contained micro-aggressions

Sometimes I hate something and then
I realize that I don’t, but I don’t feel bad
because I make mistakes and sometimes
I feel like I make too many mistakes
and then I hate myself
and how can I honestly say I don’t hate
when my favorite target is looking back at me
in the mirror with his smug little face?

I allow myself to hate because
hate is just a feeling that most of us can contain
A subtle pinch of negativity
A gentle caress of angst
and sometimes, just sometimes
the most rightful feeling we can have
because as much as we all want to be perfect
some people and some things
have earned our hatred

© Jonathan Greene 2020

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