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A Grisly Tapeworm

A Grisly Tapeworm	

In Anger and in Hatred, a Tapeworm I see 
Unless internally hosted, its Life will not be.
From egg it starts Life, ‘fore an adult worm
Fed on Host’s blood, it gains a portly form.

While finer or fatter, greedy Worm gnaws,
The wretched Host, pale and thin he grows.
Then the anaemic Host, too ill to live a day	
Falls in the dark pit, where there’s no ray!

The same story is true of a Man with Hate
Hate soon embraced, is an iniquitous mate.
So, I avidly learned , my temper to narrow
Perspective being that it eats man’s marrow.

To nurture it in Heart, Hate will grow so big
And wiggle one’s Dignity; like a tail of a pig!
For, Anger grows so fat that Man is in sorrow
By eating all his vim to leave a man hollow!


To internalise Hate is to eat a sharp blade
That curves from inside while fast you fade.
It spins some mortal blow in its incisive poise	
That fates and finishes by its hushed noise:

The structure curves in, trusses cut and gone
He falls on the floor with not a single bone!


Hearken ye therefore, Hate begets dearth
Piety Mad Haters who know no inner mirth!
For, to lavish in Love, denigrating foolish Hate
Bestows inner Peace or sense of pure sate.

Gimme not filthy wealth, gimme not lucre
I’m a happy man giving Love and Succour!!


31st Oct’ 2013


Copyright © Joseph Matose

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  1. Date: 11/7/2013 1:49:00 AM
    A beeeg thumbs-up. Geez, you had me captivated right from the start. Hatred has a life all its own and it indeed consumes the host. Innovative analogy with the tapeworm, my friend. A string of 7's for this cracker poem which is now lying in my faves file. Well done, shamwari. Licia ;-)

  1. Date: 11/1/2013 1:12:00 PM
    Great rhymes; great poem. Enjoyed it immensely, JM; kudos! :)