6 Jan

“I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.” ~James A. Baldwin


There’s a quote about hate
That I’d like to share
You never know, maybe
It will help repair

From the warrior poet
A James Baldwin quote
About the nature of hate
Here’s what he wrote:

“I imagine,” James writes
“One of the reasons why
People cling to their hates
And won’t let them die

With such stubbornness
Is because that they sense
That once hate is gone
There’s a painful expense”

The hate is a wall
That keeps the pain back
Forgiveness will only
Cause it to crack

And crumble and fall
Expose all the hurt
And with no wall to cling to
You cannot avert

Dealing with issues
Of ego and pride
Having to hear
The opposing side

Meeting half way
When you’re so sure you’re right
Admitting things should have
Gone different that night

Taking the blame
If they need to vent
Biting your tongue
Until they relent

Saying “I’m sorry”
When you’d much rather say
Something more hateful
With venom to spray

But stand there and take it
And deal with the pain
No matter how much
You feel that you wane

Just keep in mind
As you bear to endeavor
The storm will soon pass
No pain lasts forever

And what is left over
Will rejuvenate
Your wounds from the onslaught
From all of the hate

It’s the feeling that you
Chose to mend and repair
Rather than cling
To hate and despair

That you let go your grip
On the hateful blockade
And stand in love’s light
And not in hate’s shade



15 Responses to “Cling”

  1. dontchawannadream January 6, 2012 at 9:02 am #

    You’re so good Miro!!! I love your poems.
    Happy New Year 2012!!! Best wishes!!!

    • Warrior Poet Wisdom January 6, 2012 at 9:05 am #

      Thank you kindly. 🙂 Wishing you continued inspiration throughout 2012. Keep creating those beautiful paintings!
      Peace & grace,

  2. Deb January 6, 2012 at 9:05 am #

    Great words of wisdom!

  3. lscotthoughts January 6, 2012 at 10:44 am #

    Thank you for sharing more wonderful wise words and advice, Miro! 🙂

    • Warrior Poet Wisdom January 6, 2012 at 10:51 am #

      Thanks for reading, glad you enjoyed. Have a fun and productive weekend!
      Peace & grace,

  4. pbus1 January 6, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

    Hello Miro,

    This is my first visit to your blog, and Lord willing it won’t be the last! I enjoyed the very inspirational poem! A very wise and profound message is shared here! I look forward to hearing more from you! May the Lord bless you! By the way, thanks for stopping by my blog the other day. Much appreciated, because I have found your blog! 🙂


    • Warrior Poet Wisdom January 6, 2012 at 2:16 pm #

      Thanks for stopping by, glad it resonated with you. Remember, your will plays a part too. 🙂

      Peace & grace,

  5. poeticjourney January 6, 2012 at 2:50 pm #

    Beautiful poem and so on point! God Bless 🙂

    Love the quote that inspired you to write the poem.

    • Warrior Poet Wisdom January 6, 2012 at 3:01 pm #

      Thank you. Yes, Mr. Baldwin’s words are quite enlightening and self-revealing. 🙂
      Peace & grace,

  6. granbee January 6, 2012 at 3:04 pm #

    The bright light on the other side of the wall only hurts until it starts to heal!

  7. MJ, Nonstepmom January 6, 2012 at 3:59 pm #

    well done….We foolishly think its easier to cling to what we already know/ have – even if its negative simply out of fear change/ the unknown.

  8. Sue Dreamwalker January 7, 2012 at 10:08 am #

    Many ‘Cling’ to the Hurt and hold resentments close to their hearts.. I have seen it destroy.. as it turns to hate..
    Another wonderful insightful poem Miro of showing us how our emotions cloud our minds when we but need to let them go….~Sue Dreamwalker

  9. Step On a Crack January 8, 2012 at 1:02 am #

    I love the way you seamlessly fold in Baldwins quote. Expertise and Art!

    Peace, Jen

  10. Nandini January 10, 2012 at 7:39 am #

    I loved this. Especially the quote. So strong and true. 🙂

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