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Hatred Is Fear Made Manifest

Poetry is turning out to be a very cathartic medium, I should do this more often.

Set the Mood

Hate is a growing sentiment in the world, and we have no one to blame but ourselves.

Hate is a growing sentiment in the world, and we have no one to blame but ourselves.

Your frail mind watches on with scruitinizing eyes,

Only to have those peepers ripped from their sockets.

This is what happens when you look upon lies,

And let your hatred fly like rockets.

What you see is but an illusion,

Dancing, dipping, and weaving.

You're the progenitor of your own delusion,

And it's no one's fault but yours for believing.

Spread your vile thoughts across every land,

Burn every bridge that you've ever built.

Rip every child from their mother's hand,

Let no innocent blood remain unspilt.

For why find joy in a gentle embrace,

The sweet caress of passionate kindness,

When you can sprint in the dreadful race,

And martyr the world with vitriol's blindness?

At the end of the day you'll be sad and alone,

Broken by the weight of your own decisions.

You killed your enemies by burning your home,

Now you're worthy of naught but derision.

Fear it was that ruled your mind,

Falling prey to being scared of the self.

Fear of their judgment put you in a bind,

And you chose poisonous spices from life's shelf.

Perhaps in another iteration you'll choose wisely,

To fight the crowd in which you have drowned.

Your failure to do so just wouldn't surprise me,

And I hope that failure keeps holding you down.

As we stand for all that is good and right,

We look upon your fear to stand as a blight.

Hush now, go softly into your pitiable goodnight,

Let us silence those sentiments bred straight from your fright.

Self-Realization and Acceptance

For a long time I worried about fitting in with people, trying my hardest to be what I thought other people would enjoy, and it made me hate them when I would emulate their behaviors only to find they hated me as much as themselves. It led me to begin asking myself why I keep repeating this same process of emulation, and also why these individuals would hate me despite being a near-mirror image of their personality. The answer came to me quite swiftly when I began to love myself for who I am without considering others first.

The majority of the people I meet seem to be trying to fit a mold made by the environment around them, and they yearn to be free from that oppressive expectation. Alas, most are too scared to scratch the surface of self-exploration, and the removal of inhibitions of the self seems to be too daunting of a task. They hated me because I seemed to be the mold they wished to fill, but were only pretending to fit into in their hearts.

My fear of being myself led to hatred; hatred of myself, hatred of the people I wished to fit in with, and hatred of the world. Those days are over now, and I'm free to spit in the faces of those who'd wish to drag me back into their ill-shapen molds of life. Be you, be unique, and cherish every bit of genuine self you express!

© 2021 Kyler J Falk


Kyler J Falk (author) from California on October 12, 2021:

It's all about watching a person's actions, because words rarely mean what they try to portray to those listening too closely. Defeat deception, avoid misunderstanding, and pave the way to a better future with vigilant attention to the details of a person's wish for their bigger picture.

Hope you got my email the other day about my request for, "sonder," and let me know if it is doable!

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on October 12, 2021:

It sounds like your friend means no harm & that his deception really only hurts himself.

I like how you say a "window of understanding opens where the door of truth was slammed shut."

Sometimes one can understand...but only if the person speaking the lie wishes it to be so.

There are times deception occurs due to misunderstandings all the way around. .that's why I believe in outting my cards on the table.

Kyler J Falk (author) from California on October 12, 2021:

@Brenda: I can see where you are coming from as it concerns deception, but more often I find people are very happy to be deceived, even myself, so long as the veil of deception is never lifted to reveal an ugly truth. It's even more satisfying when the veil is lifted to reveal something grander than the deception itself.

My best friend is a deceiver like this, and he developed his deceptive tactics as a way to seem more interesting. He did this because his family constantly put him down for not being as successful as them throughout life, but he never really realized that he was more interesting being honest than when he was lying. A hard habit for him to break and he only really lets his guard down around me, but his deception hurts no one so I've come to learn not all deception is malignant.

I suppose it is all in the eyes and mind of the observer, though. Perhaps I'd just rather understand the deception than be bothered by it, that way it can be understood, and a window of understanding opens where the door of truth was slammed shut.

Kyler J Falk (author) from California on October 12, 2021:

@Everyone: I'm happy that my response to Brenda's word prompt has gone over well. It was a difficult one to write due to a lack of inspiration, but I needed to shake off some of this dust and cobwebs before it weighed me down any further. Thank you to you all for reading!

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on October 11, 2021:


In your poem, "Hatred Is Fear Made Manifest" shows us how one holds onto fear and turns it into hatred.

When one is afraid he often sets out to get revenge with hate inside his soul.

You are right that it's the person's fault for believing....but some people can tell lies so well that it honestly sounds like the truth.

Deception is a pet peeve of mine...i don't care for it at all.

It's good advice to be yourself. Accept & love yourself...don't follow or try to be like others.

A great write. I'll post a link in the word prompt article.

E Randall from United States on October 10, 2021:

Very powerful, you are talented. Keep up the great work. God bless.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on October 10, 2021:

You have very well put hate and fear in this poem. Good work. Captivating poetry. Blessings.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on October 10, 2021:

Kyler, our world and societies seem to be ruled by fear at the present time. Blind fear makes people easy for the strong to manipulate. Powerful poetry and a good response to Brenda’s challenge.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Rebels. on October 10, 2021:

I enjoyed it, and I appreciated the message in your poem. This line 'You killed your enemies by burning your home' is so deep and true. Be a rebel and love yourself. I believe, anyone who does not love himself cannot love anyone else in this world. I hope everything is going well with you, my friend.

Sending you Blessings and Love to your little cute angel. :)

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