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It Must be Hard

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It Must be Hard

It must be hard
To carry it around
That load of hate
Weighing on your heart
A powder keg
Waiting to explode
Hurting others but
Killing your own soul

You pretend it isn’t there
But now and again it shows
In what you say
In what you write
The sarcasm hidden under the sweet
The hate clothed in happy
And yet….
It’s there
For the discerning to see

It must be hard
To have it eat away at you
And not be able to voice
All those words
That are begging to be heard
Dying to hit the mark
A bull's eye victory
That brings relief

It must be hard 
To keep them locked away
For fear of criticism
Of “losing face”
And yet….
They gnaw away at your being
Those sugar coated morsels of hate
For those inferior
Made of fluff
Not substantial
Not up to par
Excuses of human beings

It must be hard
To be civil
To pretend to be kind
Thinking others are blind
To the real motives behind
Your words…..

Ah…if only you’d realize
The only one hurting
The only one who is weak
Is you
To love takes strength
To forgive takes power
To rejoice with others takes integrity
The finer qualities
To hate is easy
To love near impossible

Hate would dissipate
If you took some time to realize
The person who irks you
Who just rubs you the wrong way
Maybe has been rubbed the wrong way
As a child...
Sexually abused
Struck down by violence
Suffering from...
Emotional abuse
Sexual abuse
Verbal abuse
Physical abuse
Feelings of inferiority
He has hidden baggage too
Behind his false bravado
A heart that is in pain
Much like you
His brokenness plain
His tears in the rain
So no one can see

I know it must be hard
To try to change
To put away hate
But it’s not too late
To look inside
The one you despise
You just might be surprised
To see deep within
And there in his eyes
A reflection of all that comprises
the beauty of YOU!

Eileen Manassian Ghali

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  1. Date: 8/19/2013 6:41:00 AM
    This is powerfully penned.I extend warm hugs and an applause for this.Keep up the fine work.

  1. Date: 8/17/2013 12:21:00 PM
    Boy oh boy....AIN'T that the truth!.....nobody knows what people have lived through and with on a daily basis. Just looking for a safe exhale here could make a difference....I apologize to anyone I may have unknowingly offended...Eileen you are the sweetest thing

  1. Date: 8/17/2013 7:28:00 AM
    This was quite the rid. Often the things that put us off about others are the reflections of our personal limitations. It's much easier to see the flaws in others than to examine our own lives. Well expressed Eileen.

  1. Date: 8/17/2013 2:52:00 AM
    - Very deep poetry Eileen, nobody knows what is hidden behind the "mask" ..... - Have a great weekend my friend! - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 8/17/2013 4:02:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yes, dear...God knows, though. We can't hide anything long from Him. He has been trying to straighten me out lately....It's hard to take censure from Him..sometimes spoken through others, but...we need to take the good and leave the bad and MOVE ON! Love ya! Thanks for the visit!
  1. Date: 8/16/2013 6:14:00 PM
    Where has this come from, deeeeeep, the mind is to complex to resolve in a comment box. Plenty of food for thought to think about here, Sometimes your titles really throw me haha. Take care, Richard

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 8/17/2013 5:18:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    No two minds are the same, as your write implies there are many reasons why people do these things not least the old green eyed monster getting in there. You just have to ignore this kind of thing but note who they are, I know it's hard lol. ooopps
    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 8/17/2013 4:00:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Glad I have my groupies, but...I came here naive thinking...yipee....a place I can post and not worry about what others think!!! BOY..was I WRONG! Anyway, MR SEAL...the title throwing you makes me wonder what you THOUGHT it meant, and I'm prone to think that you were being naughty...AGAIN! SLAP SLAP...BE GOOD! ;)
    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 8/17/2013 3:59:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hmmmmmmmm...glad I gave you something to think about. I was reading someone's poem, and one of the people who posted called everyone here idiots...I'm like...WHAT THE.......! Yea...I can get mean too! What's wrong with people? Why name call? Who bugs people about others? I mean seriously....Just do what you do and don't name call? Good grief....It seems Auntie is going to have to go into XENA mode! ;) No, I won't even bother. BUT...good to know how some people think. I surely won't be joining contests of people who think others are IDIOTS!
  1. Date: 8/16/2013 4:37:00 PM
    A masterpiece dear friend! Your writings are so powerful, so unique! Don't think you noticed my last comment, so here it is again... Heard about some bad stuff going on over there... you are safe I hope1 :( Be careful dear lady1 Hugs and much love xoxox

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 8/17/2013 3:56:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    KENNY! Yes...There are bad things going on all around, my dear. Egypt is up in flames...A car bomb here. Things could escalate....Peace is illusive...Keep us in your prayers!