Love - Hate

Love - Hate

A Poem by G. K. Bostic

"you have to love something before you can hate it." --Nicholas Sparks


Through serpent tongue

of trusted one…

venom flowed

betraying trust

of innocent child.


Dependence found duplicity

and trust was crushed

by cancer that grew

through stages

leading to its death.


Love crushed, altered,

metastasized to hate.

Now pen releases poison

draining the malignancy of years

© 2011 G. K. Bostic

Author's Note

G. K. Bostic
Inspired by a Nicholas Sparks quote: "you have to love something before you can hate it."

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hate is like a will drain you of positivity.

Posted 8 Years Ago

it is heart-breaking the damage adults afflicte on children and you show case it very well in this poem.

Posted 8 Years Ago

...or vice versa
well maybe not...but this I know
this was a great write, G.K.
such power...and honesty...and yes, even anger
but the line "Love crushed, altered, metastasized to hate".....says it all
The use of metaphors brought each line to life...images distinct and vivid
I loved it

Posted 9 Years Ago

the line between love and hate is indeed very thin - and you underline that brilliantly here! "love...metastasized to hate" is a great line!

Posted 9 Years Ago

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Added on June 7, 2011
Last Updated on June 7, 2011
Tags: Writing, Pain, Abuse


G. K. Bostic
G. K. Bostic


Retired Special Education Teacher & Supervisor, Writer of poetry and Nanowrimo novel, wife, mother, grandmother, and lover of country. I can be found at Update: Since I wrote this .. more..

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