Treasure Island

Patricia Grantham

(May 27,1952 / Moncks Corner, South Carolina)

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No Room for Hate


I went to a house and walked up to the gate
A man came outside and his name was called Hate
He asked me a question would you like to come in?
I then thought for a moment hate is no kin

He then wanted to know what do you think of me?
I said in reply I still have no need of thee
Hate stood for a moment and began to shake his head
Maybe I'll try and ask for his soul instead

Then he looked around and winked like a troll
What would you accept in exchange for your soul?
I looked at Hate with the blink of an eye
You'll live in this house until the day you die

Hate said my house is large with lots of room
I told him where he lives is filled with doom
He then decided to give up on his quest
And said I will try to persuade another guest

Submitted: Thursday, January 17, 2013
Edited: Monday, August 12, 2013

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  • Ed Nigma (8/2/2014 2:04:00 PM)

    Haha! This is great! I love poems where human emotions take on the form of an entity with a purpose. This message is spoken loud and clear. So often hate tries to visit the hearts and minds of all it's encountered. There are so many cracks with bits of darkness for it to slip in and easily hide. I really enjoyed this poem. It reminds me of one I wrote that is similar called A Candid Conversation. A very creative piece and is well deserved as poem of the day! Thanks for sharing, Allan (Report) Reply

  • Sonia Alvarado (4/4/2014 11:07:00 AM)

    Reminds me of Edgar Allen Poe! chilling! I think its my favorite, even though the topic is dark. In the end, good wins over evil though. What a great writer she is! (Report) Reply

  • Lyn Paul (4/3/2014 10:37:00 PM)

    A great write Patricia with a superb title. Hate is very much out there, sadly it is all that some people know.
    But lets keep loving! GPOTD (Great poem of the day) (Report) Reply

  • Savita Tyagi (4/3/2014 9:30:00 PM)

    loved this conversational piece and enjoyed very much. Hate is with in us, we just have to be care full to keep it in check. (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Patrick (4/3/2014 9:19:00 PM)

    Superbly crafted the verses is just flow like a majestic river, although the subject is not so pleasing, reminds me of the story of Buddha and the mara, he was tormented by all vices of evil but fought back. There are to many boarders who dwell in that cabin. A great job! (Report) Reply

  • Amitava Sur (10/3/2013 7:42:00 AM)

    A lovely imagery through this rhythmic discussion decrying hate. Reminds me of W.Words Worth's The selfish giant..... very nice. (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (8/17/2013 9:08:00 AM)

    This is almost similar to the test of Jesus by Satan! You were prudent enough not to fall into his trap! Actually hate can be conquered only through love and I believe, you have a loving heart! Enjoyed reading it! ! (Report) Reply

  • Aswath Raman (8/16/2013 8:42:00 AM)

    Though the poem is superb and extremely brilliant of its theme, I think hate is there within every man. The difference is, those who show and those who control. Nice write ma'am! (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh Rai (8/15/2013 9:39:00 AM)

    always say no room for hate. a beautiful xlent write. but hatemis still now sitting in some corner of the world n trying to enter our soul, but we have to reply in your style, (Report) Reply

  • Unwritten Soul (8/12/2013 7:29:00 AM)

    This is so creative. I like the way you use the title and make a perfect story on it. way to go for next thing! _SOul (Report) Reply

  • Payal Parande (7/23/2013 1:05:00 PM)

    Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
    i am astonished by this beautiful piece (Report) Reply

  • Chandra Thiagarajan (6/15/2013 3:34:00 AM)

    So LOVELY, , Patricia! Hate personified and calling you in and your refusal in such wonderful rhyming verse captures the heart! YOU HAVE A GREAT GIFT PATRICIA! (Report) Reply

  • Bobby Wynn (6/11/2013 9:25:00 PM)

    Hate might of found his match and praised the lord for the first time. Fatastic. (Report) Reply

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