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A Poem About Hate: Intolerance and hate

Updated on February 1, 2016

Intolerance

You hate me, but you don't know why

You say my skin offends your eyes

You inflict pain, but what do you gain

Nothing changes, ignorance reign


Will you ever learn from the awful past

Why is peace on earth so hard to grasp?

Never again, tortured souls cried out

Never again, can't you hear the shout


Another generation taught to hate

Another evil may already be too late

Same thirst for blood, same ugly beast

Programming the young for the ultimate feast


Evil comes, cowardly disguised

Seducing the weak and the disenfranchised

Life gets hard, always someone to blame

If you don't look the same, surely you're fair game


This wonderful world created with love

Coloured with beauty by the power above

Echoing with pain, river of tears

Dark clouds gathering, time again for fears


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Copyright J. Alexis-Hagues 12/06/2012

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Kaybear012, thank you for reading this, and for the comment. I agree with you totally, I hope that one day we will all wake up to that fact. Take care now, my best to you.

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      Kayla Hancock 4 years ago from Chicago

      Awesome poem. Loved every word! More people need to spread the word of tolerance and acceptance and our world would be a much better place =]

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Integrity, thank you very much for the vote, it is very much appreciated. Best wishes.

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      IntegrityYes 5 years ago

      I voted up. That is powerful!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      CloudExplorer, you brought a little tear to my eyes, so I'll just say thank you.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      I love your hate poem here, it breaks the shackles of hatred in half, into fourths, and completely with colorful words love after each definition of hate.

      You are a truly awesome writer and poet, and I will be following you for now on.

      I admire your style of poetry and can't wait to read some prose of yours as well, if you indeed have any to share. Love is definitely the way to go, voted up and out!

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      Murphy 5 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Nice presentation 'tb'... Hitting nerves with words in a beautiful way... It makes me wonder what the world would be like if we were all color blind... Would we attack the way people sound?, their languages?, the color of their eyes?, the size of their nose, or ears?, their height, and their size we already know as being under attack... If it is not one thing, people will identify another thing that allows them the ability to feel superior over another... Our inherant competitiveness once used for survival is now used to bolster our own self images amongst those we choose to associate with... Will it ever end?, or can we only hope that it will only get better?

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Ladyfiddler, thank you for the comment and visit, much appreciated.

      Some people will always feel the need to be superior, the problem starts when they decide that others should have less rights based on the colour of their skin. You are right, we all have the same needs, wants, we hurt we bleed we love and unfortunately we also hate.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Thelma, very nice to see you, I was also hoping that we had left all of that back in the past, but it would seem some diseases never really goes away, they simply lay low until the condition is right then do their worst. Much appreciate the visit and comment. God bless.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Moonlake, yes it's a pity they have to grow up to become part of the ugliness of this world, like pandora's box once opened we cannot go back, or so it would seem. Many thanks for the visit and comment. Best wishes.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Fennelseed , I know exactly what you mean, HP has been my saft harbor also, when I started here 8 months ago I made a decision to stay away from Religion and Politics, however, to do this is like watching and not participating in life.

      As the bible said, a time for everything.

      My little poem will not change anything, but I've added my voice to the those who are fighting this evil. I don't know why I was so shocked to see that racism is alive and well, but like you to a point, I was sheltered away in my little world. Someone once said 'evil thrives when good men do nothing'.

      Fennelseed, no man is an island, we all have to live in this world, we can learn to live in peace and allow everyone the same privilege, or we can keep hating and killing each other

      living in a state of turmoil, tearing this worl apart. Thank you for stopping by, always good to see you, take care.

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      Great poem. I have always loved your first picture. Little kids they don't care they just love everyone and everything. If all could be like them. Great hub voted up.

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      What a wonderful poem! I know how it is not to be welcome by some people just because of my race. That was when I arrived in Germany in the 80`s. How some Germans stared at me that I felt cold. That was the old people who were there in the 2nd world war. Now, the Germans are friendly. Nowadays, when somebody stared at me as if I am from the other planet I´d say, " have you not seen an alien, yet?". It helps me overcome this weird things.

      Thumbs up to this beautiful poem. SHARED.

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      Joanna Chandler 5 years ago from On planet Earth

      Hi tobusiness this poem was very nice and to the point. Its sad to see that God created all of us and some races feels superior to the other. I go to the washroom so does the white man, if i get cut my blood is red and so is the white man, i die and so does the white man. WHAT's the difference Just colour and hair type which means absolutely nothing. God loves all His children doesn't matter colour ,shape or size.

      Racism cause a whole nation to be almost wipe out off the earth "Jews" in the holocaust because of hate by the germans and hitler see what it caused. I don't know i haven't been in world war II but i do a lot of research about hitler and his men etc am trying to grasp how far HATE, RACISM and Power can carry a human being.

      That's why we should love everyone or at least try also be humble so God will exalt us.

      Have a bless week :)

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      Annie Fenn 5 years ago from Australia

      I think I am starting to spend too much time on hubpages because I have been feeling sheltered from evil and hate lately. I don't watch TV anymore because I am online, I don't read newspapers because I am online, I don't catch up with people as much now, because I am online. Oh dear I think I am becoming sheltered in this loving hub community. I used to see those who hate all the time in these places. It's a scary world and you have captured that here. Something so wondrous and beautiful is clouded by evil and hate and I echo your question "Why is peace on earth so hard to grasp". This is a profound poem of questioning, I wish I knew the answer and I wish I had a cure.

      All my votes to you, tobusiness and sharing.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Rahul, You are too kind, I took a quick look at your amazing work yesterday and was blown away, but I need to read it again and will be over later after I've had some well needed sleep, just finished a very busy night.

      I'm so glad you liked this, thank you for coming over.

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      Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      TObusiness! What an inspiration this poem is! I am glad that I read it!!

      Racism and discrimination are menaces to the society but man does not realize. When will he open his eyes... I fear that time will run out

      EPic poetry

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Unknown, thank you so much for the visit and comment, much appreciated.

      Take care, all my best to you.

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Impressive choice of words, full of imagery. The last stanza really caught me off guard, i really love it.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Sueswan, thank you for stopping by and for the great comment. Bless you.

      I hope you're having a warmer weekend than we are.

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Hi Tobusiness

      "This wonderful world, created with love

      Coloured with beauty, by the power above

      Echoing with pain, river of tears

      Dark clouds gathering, time again for fears"

      Amazing imagery. We need to eliminate hate from the world.

      Take care :)

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      Voronwe 5 years ago

      Yes, the Irish supporters had been amazing! wow! I had no idea what they were singing but they touched so many hearts all around whilst Spain continued with their inch-perfect passing. A couple of my college mates were actually crying...was told the song "The fields of Athenry" was about a famine in 19th century Ireland. Bless them, indeed!

      I too share your hopes. Take care Jo.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Voronwe, very nice to see you, hope you enjoyed the Spanish lesson, bless the Irish they went down singing proudly.

      About the Polish fans, I do hope it is only youthful exuberance, because when one think about what the Polish people went through under Hitler, the whole thing seem unreal.

      Anyway, thanks for the visit and comment, much appreciated.

      All my best. Jo

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Billy, I am thrilled to know that you liked the poem, I found your open letter in 'What other people are reading' when I published this, and immediately wanted to share it.

      Thank you, it's a privilege.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      The pictures are priceless, the poem is beautiful and the message touches my heart. Well done my friend. No wonder you wanted to share my hub. We speak the same language and I'm proud to know you.

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      Voronwe 5 years ago

      Hi there Jo!

      I came across that same piece of news about the protesting Polish fans and was taken aback. There had been similar racist problems occurring in other UEFA and EURO 2012- related events.

      Many votes up! What a vividly real poem- thoughtfully crafted. Great expressions. I love the word 'programming' there because that's what we are doing inspite of our history glaring right in the face but apart from hoping, humans are also quite proficient in 'denial'...they can deny an entire event(s) and move on.

      Great job tobusiness!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Thank you Angel, I just wish we could see what is good instead of looking for the worst in each other.

      Thank you fo stopping by.

      All the best.

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      Angelme566 5 years ago

      We are all brothers and sisters , no color differences , it is just a superficial thing and it doesn't have any weight .What matters most is the value of a person and never the color it got.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Thank you Wetnose, I hope it will not be too late.

      My best wishes to you.

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      wetnosedogs 5 years ago from Alabama

      Pictures are awesome. Wonderful poem. Hopefully the human race will learn what is right and good.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Thank you Max, I'm so glad you liked it.

      Best wishes to you.

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      BeyondMax 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      This is so true. It is a very thoughtful, deep poem, Jo. I like it very much, the message is really clear here. Awesome!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Thanks Frank, you could be right, but how long are we doomed to keep repeating the same mistakes.

      I wrote the poem after watching a news clip of some young Polish football fans protesting against black footballers, this was done in true Hitler's brown shirt fashion which left me cold and rather shocked. Thank you for the visit and comment, hope you're having a lovely day.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      a great write-up toobus.. I think we keep repeating our mistakes until we get them right.. hmm.. voted up my friend

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Thanks Debbie, much appreciated.

      Bless.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Mhatter, That is alright, because that leaves more for me. Many thanks for visit and comment.:-}

      Best regards.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Tonipet, Hate is such a waste of emotion it destroys every thing it touches including the ones who hates. Thank you very much for the visit and the comment.

      Have a lovely day

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Brenda, I know you did not suggest or expected me to remove the video.

      However, initially when I looked at it the video took such a long time to load and there was a lot of buffering so I did not get the comments at the end I was able to listen to the complete message after your second comment and I must admit, it made me feel uncomfortable and that is why I removed the video.

      Thanks again and best regards

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      Tonette Fornillos 5 years ago from The City of Generals

      Perhaps there is a room in our hearts for hate, but which, is not supposed to be nurtured? I really don't know. This is a lovely piece, a reminder and a reality. Loved the images you used! Thank you tobusiness.

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      sadly we humans must hate something. I, personally, hate liver and Brussels-sprouts. :)) one day. thanks

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      What a great poem and video....i love it like all your work...blessings debbie

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      Brenda Durham 5 years ago

      tobusiness, I wasn't suggesting that you change the video, nor would I suggest that. It's your hub, after all, and you can make it however you want it. Anyway, thanks for allowing me to comment, and I wish you peace, as I pray for all of mankind to have peace in their hearts. Nice "meeting" ya here.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Brenda, I've watched the video again, and although the message is one of peace, I can understand why you felt concerned.

      The tone of the commentator can be seen as bordering on the fanatical, and since I have no wish to offend or detract from the message in my poem, I have changed the video. I do hope you will enjoy the whole effect.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Brenda, thank you for you visit and comments. Firstly, I'm most certainly not against America, the only things I'm against are wars, intolerance and hate, I do understand that there are times when wars becomes necessary even inevitable, WW11 a case in point, but what if so many young people didn't have to give their lives.

      I found the video interesting and hoped it would start a debate and get us thinking, there just have to be a better way. I'm so glad you liked the poem.

      Best regards.

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      Brenda Durham 5 years ago

      I want to say I like your poem, however!

      But after I watched the video, it led me to think maybe you were speaking against America's right to have a Military and to respond to outside terrorism that was brought into America. If that's not so, then please ignore my responses or clarify.

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      Brenda Durham 5 years ago

      tobusiness, ....I can answer your root question of why there is hate and war in the world. It's because Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden, setting in motion "war" for all future mankind. There will always be hatred in some person's heart, there will always be crime, there will always be the need to protect innocent people from the actions of the guilty, there will always be...........until time as we know it ends.

      Some wars are necessary. Laws are necessary. Even if (as the narrator of the video says) "National boundaries" are done away with, that won't stop evil from raising its ugly head. At least....I think that's what the narrator said. Can you confirm that, please? I'm sorry, but mankind is never gonna have the utopian society that the video wants to inspire.

      I can kinda understand anti-war sentiment on the basis that it would be nice to have "peace". But in reality that would take away a group of people's ability to fight against terrorism. You might as well go out and picket against all Law if you're going to follow the activist intent of that video, I'm sorry to say, but indeed I tell you the truth of human nature, and I tell you that you cannot judge every leader of any Nation as a dictator just because that Nation has an army.

      Hitler was a dictator. Saddam Hussein was a dictator. American Presidents haven't been dictators.......so far. The only one who comes close to being so is now in Office. American indeed needs to rein in his power, because he has stated his commitment to changing America's foundation. But we should not judge others on the actions of his.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Michele, thank you so much for the visit and comment,If we do not learn from past mistakes we are doomed to keep repeating them. I'm glad you liked the poem.

      Best regards.

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      Michele Travis 5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      What a beautiful poem, and picture. It is so true. If only we as people could learn from mistakes. But, don't learn from the past. This is a wonderful poem. Voted up!