Hatred

Hatred is not simply an opinion 

It is death packaged as truth

A poison, an assault, a rape

Of what makes us human 

It is not a debate to be settled 

But a knife into the heart and soul

There is no balanced view

Of murder and savagery 

The test is before us given

Today in Charlottesville 

Shame on us if we sit

Silently with hands folded 

And waiting for someone to

Do something

Stand against hate

Don’t let it squeeze its 

Ugliness through the door

Of this or any community 

Give no quarter to those 

Who would apologize and

Say we must understand 

Hate stood up today

It is now our turn 

Never stand down 

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