Treasure Island

Noreen Carden

(16/12/50 / Mayo)

Whispers of hate


A playground whisper is going around.
Don't play with him.
As he's pushed to the ground.
Now he stands on the outskirts,
While fingers point.
Words are a dagger to pierce his young heart

Where do they come from those whispers of hate.
They come from pure evil make no mistake.
A child who is nurtured will shine in the world.
To touch each one he meets with the strength of his love.

Who are the victims of whispers of hate.
Ask Jewish people they will tell you their fate.
Ask those who were victims of wars one and two.
Ask every person ask me and you.

When the whispers pile up they turn into hate.
They fester and bleed and a cancer create.
They infect all who listen and cause a great plague.
To wipe out mankind, bring an end to all days.
Turn away from all whispers of anger and hate.
Don't let the sickness infect you today.
Meet every person with kindness of thought.
For purveyors of hatred show you care not.

Submitted: Wednesday, February 12, 2014

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  • Valsa George (4/3/2014 5:51:00 AM)

    Whispers of hate can pierce every heart... needn't be the young hearts alone. Just as love and smile are contagious, hate too spreads fast like wild fire! History is replete with stories of such hatred..

    .When the whispers pile up they turn into hate.
    They fester and bleed and a cancer create.
    They infect all who listen and cause a great plague

    Very powerful lines! ! And you have the antidote too....'Meet every person with kindness of thought.' A very powerful write Noreen! (Report) Reply

  • Kanav Justa (3/5/2014 12:03:00 AM)

    great stuff stuff noreen, , , makes a lot of sense to write a poem on this theme, , , and you have written it magnificiently, , , , , (Report) Reply

  • Thomas Carolan (3/3/2014 5:45:00 PM)

    hate and anger turn away from whispers anger and hate surely because if you think about it its just as easy to fall asleep well done (Report) Reply

  • Bri Edwards (2/28/2014 5:23:00 PM)

    this poem is far from being just about school yard bullying!

    the lines i 'enjoyed' most:

    When the whispers pile up they turn into hate.
    They fester and bleed and a cancer create. ......................words to ponder AND a great rhyme

    i do NOT think hate has so much to do with a lot of conflicts, as DOES fear, jealousy, greed, mistrust, revenge, poverty, and ignorance. i'd be willing to bet that MOST decision-makers as well as most decision-followers involved directly or indirectly in armed conflict, torture, bombing etc. against other groups of people do NOT hate the other people. e.g. my younger brother went to viet nam in a supportive role as an army electronics technician. he used to say that he joined the army because a high school friend had been killed in the VN conflict. he has recently said that he went to army (and consequently VN) to get away from a failed romance he had in the states. he fired a gun there once, he said, and he was only fooling around, shooting into what he thought was an empty part of a rice paddy. he did however report to me that, close to where the bullet hit the paddy water, a farmer stood up whom he had not noticed before shooting. he said he had more use (as an army Sergeant) for a gun when he later was stationed in germany and used it as a threat to prevent racial violence between u.s. army men!
    anyway, i liked the poem. certainly whispers can be painful to hear or hear about. i DO agree with the use of the word evil as being behind many of the actions of people. good luck getting a grip on EVIL.

    it certainly shouldn't hurt to give good advice, as you did in these lines:

    Turn away from all whispers of anger and hate.
    Don't let the sickness infect you today.
    Meet every person with kindness of thought.
    For purveyors of hatred show you care not. .....................and try to be bold enough to speak out to the whisperers if you hear them speaking against others. let them know you do not approve of their behavior.

    AS FOR: To wipe out mankind, bring an end to all days. ................i don't think hate will bring an end to mankind [which might not be such a bad thing! ] and/or an end to all days.
    i think those things are more likely to happen due to such things as natural disasters, mankind's inability to hold down population (especially of people who get too old and need excessive maintenance) , poor control of nuclear power, and super bugs.
    i do NOT believe in a heavenly savior who will come to earth and rule over all with generosity and compassion. but it would be nice if such a thing DID happen!

    thanks, noreen, for sharing these words in a fine poem. :) bri (Report) Reply

  • Hazel Durham (2/22/2014 9:37:00 AM)

    Hate destroys so many people and children with
    an evil force that is cowards only weapon, bullying
    is a form of control over the victim, if we all speak out against
    this form of mental torture the world will be a kinder place!
    I love this powerful write with brilliant lines! (Report) Reply

  • Ed Nigma (2/18/2014 5:27:00 PM)

    Great poem it has that universal tone that talks to everyone especially those that have been labeled and put to the side. Being, Witches, Jews, African-Americans, etc you can go down the list. I like the setting within the playground because in our younger years the events that shape us into much of who we are and how we think and feel about things starts then. I give this the 10+ is deserves, Allan gerard~ (Report) Reply

  • Khairul Ahsan (2/18/2014 9:17:00 AM)

    Thank you very much for sharing your nice, compassionate thoughts through this poem on a menacing social problem, bullying and spread of hatred. I am amazed at how skilfully you have crafted your poem to bring to the fore the evils of spreading 'whispers of hate'.
    'While fingers point.
    Words are a dagger to pierce his young heart' -True! The wounds from words are more dangerous and painful than wounds from a dagger.
    'A child who is nurtured will shine in the world.
    To touch each one he meets with the strength of his love.' - -
    Thanks for these beautiful lines. Charity begins at home. We all should teach our children at home to be warm and compassionate, humble, gentle and kind.
    The last four lines are the essence of the poem, the icing on the cake.
    The poem deserves a 10/10. (Report) Reply

  • Marie Shine (2/12/2014 1:16:00 PM)

    Hello Noreen and thank you for sharing this excellently crafted write on 'Bullying' in all its varied guises. A very potent write, which imparts to your reader man's inhumanity to man. How unkind and cruel we are to each other - so sad to contemplate. Perfect rhythm and rhyme and superb use of visual detail which hits the reader like a sledgehammer! Wow! The final verse brings the whole poem together for me. An excellent narration, Noreen, of a cancer which seems to find its way from century to century in some form. The only antidote is Love and until children learn in the home, that we are all equal in this world, that we are all precious in God's eyes, that we must treat others as we wish to be treated, that the only time we look down on somebody is when we are helping them up - it will, very sadly, continue. Thank you for sharing this very powerful write, Noreen. Blessings always, with Light & Love... (Report) Reply

  • Geetha Jayakumar (2/12/2014 12:04:00 PM)

    A Fantastic write with great message, Noreen. Loved the lines...

    When the whispers pile up they turn into hate.
    They fester and bleed and a cancer create.
    They infect all who listen and cause a great plague.

    Very true said...Beautiful way you have presented it. (Report) Reply

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