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Hate Called by Another Name Is Still Hate

The roots of worldwide heartache can be traced
to certain evils of humanity.
On hate, the blame for earth’s worst woes is placed.

We’re loath to say God’s plan, we have disgraced;					
and owning up to hatred is the key.			
The roots of worldwide heartache can be traced.	
	
Some tracks on which deceitful throngs have raced     
are paved with others’ loss and misery.			
On hate, the blame for earth’s worst woes is placed.	

Don’t racists know their prejudice is based		     
on hate, assassin of all harmony?			
The roots of worldwide heartache can be traced.				

The self-absorbed with clout have long laid waste			
to others’ dreams with rank hostility.		
On hate, the blame for earth’s worst woes is placed.	

The evil scourge of hatred must be faced,		
as must the blight of man’s hypocrisy.
The roots of worldwide heartache can be traced.				
On hate, the blame for earth’s worst woes is placed.	

April 14, 2021
entered in A Major World Problem, Villanelle, Contest
Sponsor: L. MILTON HANKINS


Copyright © Janice Canerdy

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