When hatred wins

 

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So, hatred won this time, it seems.
Fear that lurked in the shadows now a resounding voice. 
There are so many parts of this world
That aren’t as pretty as we’d like to think; 
And now we’ve seen another great facade begin to crack. 
It’s not so easy to believe in dreams of human decency,
After seeing our own ideals trampled in the dust. 
So, hatred won this time, it seems.
But remember, hatred has won before,
It’s also been defeated before. 
Somehow or other, history has a way of eroding things; 
Mistakes are made, and some sink deep, that part is unavoidable. 
But these bitter legacies can wear thin after years of use – 
Eventually we see through them and then we vanquish them. 
So, hatred won this time, it seems.
Why? We could drown ourselves in the question,
Too afraid to grab on to the rope,
And pull ourselves to a place of hope,
A place that dares to trust in greater things to come. 
So yeah, hatred won this time, it seems.
But hatred cannot always win. 
All those fears waiting in the dark
Are destined to fail when the final battle comes.
Hang on. Just wait. In the end, it is hatred who will lose it all. 

~ Ilana Reimer

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