Love to Hate

She was ripe
ripe for the picking
vulnerable in her need
…and you knew

Drew her into you
a willing moth
to deadly flame.

She is all the goodness
you will never be
dressed in little more than rags
yet, so filled with dignity
even kings would ‘see’ her beauty

even though with angry words
and hateful deeds you hurt
Lacerate her heart with wounds
which cut so deep it bleeds
still, she loves and thinks
she needs you to be

If only she knew how much
hatred has turned your own
heart dark.

Yes, she is all the goodness
that you will never be
and one day she’ll
rise above all this
for she’ll open her eyes
and see this is not how love
is ever supposed to be
and she will make a
new destiny.


© Daydreamertoo    *All right reserved

*The prompt at Poetry Jam called for something we love to hate…
Well, it may be cheating a little but, I love to see love and hate to see hate 🙂 I also hate relationship abuse of any kind.

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Poetry Jam Love-Hate

Author: Daydreamer

I live on a beautiful island in Atlantic Canada.

25 thoughts on “Love to Hate”

  1. Intense and chilling, and sadly so true in many cases. You really did a wonderful job portraying the tragedy of an abusive relationship.

  2. ouch – my comment didn’t register –
    beautiful dreamer you have written this poem with poignancy and a
    compassion that radiates.
    this woman is portrayed so lovingly and lovely.

  3. Hello, Bren, I hate relationship abuse, too, of any kind. Your poem brings awareness to this problem and gives hope for change. Very well written with deep emotions.

  4. Curious writing where she is not much more than a chattel. I even wanted the last lines to be “She will make her own destiny.”

  5. I think that every one can identify with this poem, Bre. I know I can and the best saving grace is when the abuse is recognized and a fresh start for the victim is made. Good point…great poem. Love, A.

  6. it’s so easy to believe others when they say negative things about us… so difficult to leave when we love someone, no matter how badly they treat us.
    beautifully written, Bren!

    thank you for joining in at Poetry Jam!

  7. A sad thought of what one would think a loving relationship should be hopefully better examples open eyes to what is real and what a loving relationship can be. Thanks for sharing Daydreamertoo

  8. Some people get off on abusing others, capitalizing on vulnerabilities–one of the sad realities of human nature. Maybe it’s irrational or unfounded, but I profoundly hope that somewhere, someplace, these wrongs will be righted. Moving poem.

  9. i hope that she wakes up before it is too late you know…..some wait far too long and it costs them quite heavy…hard to watch as well….

  10. ah, I have seen these relationships, very sad, and one day she wakes up and walks away. like the moth-to-flame reference.

  11. I like that repeated line. Really makes a point. Beautifully written!

  12. You know how the cat likes to cheat, so he won’t tell haha yeah great when many overcome such crap that should never be done to them, did to hit the haters with a plate.

  13. Hopefully she will realize that she does not have to have him to be complete, that she is a complete human being herself!! I hate to see these kinds of relationships, Bren.

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