I wrote this poem in response to the increasing signs of hate we are seeing across the world. This surely is the time when the rule of universal love, to love our neighbour as ourselves, must be the mantra of anyone who claims to be a humanitarian, whether you are religious or not. I read it today at Southcart Books in Walsall at the monthly Walsall Poetry Society Open Mic and it got a positive reception. Hope those of you reading this like it too and as always comments are most welcome.
Love Conquers Hate
Martin Luther King once famously did declare
He would rather stick with love, as
Hate was too great a burden to bear.
Yet in this world today we see nightly on TV
How this burden manifests itself, almost each and everywhere.
Hatred spawns its rhetoric within the fibre of a nation
From east to west across the globe,
We seem locked in perpetual confrontation.
Voices of reason get marginalised to the side
And wiser heads cannot prevail, on this sickening situation.
When folk become targets due to the colour of their skin
Where accents and origin signal vile abuse,
These actions can only feed the evil of human sin.
When we allow ourselves to forget the rule of universal love,
Like vultures, anarchy circles, waiting for it to begin.
And when we look for leadership we only find despair;
As those tasked with seeking peace,
Seem more concerned with the styling of their hair.
Preferring the language of Armageddon,
Rather than debate we might all share.
But the voices of resistance have once again been stirred,
Those protesting to power have made this declaration:
Love conquers hate, on this we’ve always concurred
But to love your neighbour as yourself
Is once again, the message that needs to be heard.