don’t hate me


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don’t hate me

 

don’t hate me because I’m beautiful

don’t hate me because I’m white

don’t hate me because I’m not stupid

don’t hate me because I’m not working

don’t hate me because I’m not begging

don’t hate me because I wear name brands

don’t hate me because I’m not black

don’t hate me because I’m not all that afraid of you

don’t hate me because I’m not all that

don’t hate me because I’m living in my own little fantasy world

don’t hate me because I’m not Christian Islamic Jewish

don’t hate me because I don’t smoke drink or use drugs

don’t hate me because you had a bad day

don’t hate me because all your relationships are so fucked you can’t bear it any more

don’t hate me because I’m old

don’t hate me because you think you are better than me

don’t hate me because you think I think I’m better than you

don’t hate me because you think I have such a great sex life

don’t hate me because you were abused by some bald guy when you were a kid

don’t hate me because you can’t stand men

don’t hate me because you can’t stand yourself

don’t hate me because the Bible tells you so

don’t hate me because some preacher says that’s what the Bible tells you

don’t hate me because you don’t understand what I’m bitching about

don’t hate me because you don’t think I have a right to bitch

don’t hate me because I’m happy being me

don’t hate me because you haven’t got anything better to do

don’t hate me because I’m enjoying what you don’t understand

don’t hate me because I shouldn’t be happy considering how fucked up the world is

don’t hate me because you feel it’s all my fault

don’t hate me because I’m queer

don’t hate me because you have no one to love (you)

 

hate me because you like to hate

hate me because it makes you feel complete and superior

hate me because it gives you a sense of identity

hate me because it’s simpler that way

hate me because hate is quicker and easier than anything else you can think

hate me because hate is the only emotion left after watching TV, reading the papers, working all day and finding nothing but hate wherever you look

hate me because I am willing to tell you to your face that you love to hate

hate me because I challenge you to admit that hate is the only emotion you can fully invest it

hate me then get over it

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couches expelled

I’m setting the way-back machine to talk about the pieces in my first chapbook: Hate/Pie – the title comes from the fact that the first piece, above, is hate & the last piece is Pie. This goes back to May 2005, so the pieces are even earlier. The file of the chapbook was so archaic that my current operating system couldn’t open it. I wanted a version that could be reprinted, if I wanted to do so. I did have accessible versions of some of the pieces but some had to be re-input from the print version. As I lightly edited these pieces I felt that had aged well and figured why not get them into world once again.

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get the ‘f’ out of here

Hate is clearly a list poem.  It starts with the classic ‘beautiful’ line then riffs on it, parades a bunch of the usual reasons people are dismissed, hated, or relegated someone as less than & deserving of judgement. Some are real world issues still active today, some are outright silly & some are reasons why ‘you’ might not even have thought of as ‘hate.’ One that didn’t get included, because I didn’t of it at the time, was ‘don’t hate me because you think your friends will suspect you if you don’t join in with them.’

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snowboarding

For the last verse I flipped it to reasons to hate ‘me’ – these are perhaps more psychological then anything else but, to me, still represent how many people think, or rather merely parrot because they’d rather parrot than think.

I’ve performed this a few times as a solo piece & it gets a bit tiring for me but as a group piece it really come to life – three voices spouting a line each they all three voices on every fourth line. The energy is sublime.

soon

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