Children of Hate

a poem by Elizabeth Padillo Olesen, Denmark

When children grow up
In a castle of hate
When father and mother
Are two wild cats
Gnawing each other
With paws that hurt,
Then children learn
The ways of the wild cats.

The words of love are
Denied, forbidden, strangulated
In the castle of hate
And the parents sleep
In their master bedrooms
Feeling the warmth in their bodies
Only propelled by lust as humans
And not as ones so deeply in love.

And the children can smell
That the aroma of love
In the castle of hate
Is hate and not love
And the children can hear
That the spoken words of love
Are poisoned by hate
And the children share
The life in the castle bereft of love.

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