This morning I thought about this poem by Steve Turner; it appears in his collection ‘Up to Date‘, published in 1983 and now long out of print. Somehow, it seems sadly relevant.
All You Need is Hate
Alan hated soldiers, and teachers
and politicians, policemen, and bankers.
Alan was full of hate for such people.
Poured his hate into poems.
Threw the poems at audiences
who sat bleeding in their seats,
words hanging from holes in their skin.
Hate them, he shouted, boot stomping
Hate them. Hate them.
Alan, I said. Alan.
Hate hate, Alan, I said. Hate
It’s the only hate worth having, Alan
and it comes by another name.
More poems by Steve Turner here.