Treasure Island

Mandira Mitra

How Do I Hate Thee? Let me count the ways

How do I hate thee? Let me count the ways:
I hate you like the early winter six o clock alarm
I hate you like Black coffee that forgot to stay warm.
I hate you like a surprise test on Compound Interest
An interruption to my Saturday night or an unwelcome guest.
I hate you like I hate Mama, when she asks me who called and why
I hate you like the waiter who says, ”Coming! ” and takes all eternity.
I hate you like the Summer Sun shining on me with a vengeance
I hate you like an offensive mail that offends me and says “No Offence! ”
I hate you like I hate a scrub, especially on Holi day
I hate you like a spending spree when bucks are not coming my way.
I hate you like a lonely walk down National Library
I hate you because lovebirds are cooing hand in hand ignoring me.
Do I love you still? No, I don’t. Yes, I do… oh damn!
I hate you not for what you are but for what I am, what I am.

Submitted: Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Edited: Friday, April 21, 2006

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  • Bipasha Das (3/17/2012 6:36:00 PM)

    aww! Its lovely.. Feelings are so nicely put in words. I totally loved reading it. Kudos to you! ! Regards - Bipasha. (Report) Reply

  • Poornima Kanasen (4/27/2007 12:56:00 PM)

    Hey Mitra,

    It is fantastic...I really enjoyed reading your poem...Uncertainty, eh! ! Love him or love him not..or both at the same time...A dangerous contradiction, though! ! I liked the last line especially...'I hate you not for what you are but for what I am, what I am'..For me, it means a lot...Keep up your good work..

    With lots of best wishes and love,
    K.Poornima.. (Report) Reply

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