Wislawa Szymborska

(2 July 1923 – 1 February 2012 / Prowent)

Hatred - Poem by Wislawa Szymborska

See how efficient it still is,
how it keeps itself in shape—
our century's hatred.
How easily it vaults the tallest obstacles.
How rapidly it pounces, tracks us down.

It's not like other feelings.
At once both older and younger.
It gives birth itself to the reasons
that give it life.
When it sleeps, it's never eternal rest.
And sleeplessness won't sap its strength; it feeds it.


One religion or another -
whatever gets it ready, in position.
One fatherland or another -
whatever helps it get a running start.
Justice also works well at the outset
until hate gets its own momentum going.
Hatred. Hatred.
Its face twisted in a grimace
of erotic ecstasy…

Hatred is a master of contrast-
between explosions and dead quiet,
red blood and white snow.
Above all, it never tires
of its leitmotif - the impeccable executioner
towering over its soiled victim.

It's always ready for new challenges.
If it has to wait awhile, it will.
They say it's blind. Blind?
It has a sniper's keen sight
and gazes unflinchingly at the future
as only it can.


Comments about Hatred by Wislawa Szymborska

  • (4/23/2019 8:26:00 PM)

    fitting this date. And good to hear 'leitmotif' after all this time. 'Leit-' as in 'Light'. (Report)Reply

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  • Manpreet Singh (4/22/2019 11:57:00 PM)

    Hatred is a master of contrast-
    between explosions and dead quiet,
    red blood and white snow.

    May God have mercy on the souls of those who died in bomb blasts in Sri Lanka.
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  • Mahtab Bangalee (4/22/2019 11:06:00 PM)

    great thought -
    Justice also works well at the outset
    until hate gets its own momentum going..../// love it
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  • (4/22/2019 9:01:00 PM)

    Perhaps hatred comes from true witness of murder, of violation of a child, true knowledge of pure trespass a friend committed on another; perhaps hatred has a moral core, and this is what makes it so consuming and intoxicating and contagious, because not everybody knows it's true core, but anybody can be swept away by its power. (Report)Reply

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  • (4/22/2019 9:40:00 AM)

    When it sleeps, it's never eternal rest. And sleeplessness won't sap its strength; it feeds it..The nature of hatred as defined is so dangerous.With a sniper's sight it watches for a new challenge (Report)Reply

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  • (4/22/2019 6:18:00 AM)

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  • Adrian Flett (4/22/2019 4:28:00 AM)

    The personification of an emotion which so easily can get out of hand and be so destructive. This poem conveys all that.
    'It gives birth itself to the reasons'
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  • Edward Kofi Louis (4/22/2019 2:36:00 AM)

    Hatred tracks us down! !
    Hatred destroys the World.

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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  • Drtony Brahmin (4/22/2019 2:05:00 AM)

    congrats for POD dear poetess Wislawa (Report)Reply

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  • Drtony Brahmin (4/22/2019 2:05:00 AM)

    hatred poisons the heart and thinking.......... tony (Report)Reply

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  • Rajnish Manga (4/22/2019 1:42:00 AM)

    our century's hatred.
    How easily it vaults the tallest obstacles.
    How rapidly it pounces, tracks us down.... //.... A very powerful poem. The mechanism of hatred captured with all its diabolic working. But what's the remedy? Thanks & Congrats, Wislawa Szymborska.
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  • (4/22/2019 1:42:00 AM)

    A wonderful write of a thing that destroys not only the victim but also the antagonist. (Report)Reply

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  • Amir Marandi (12/27/2018 12:44:00 PM)

    Hatred, a product of narrow minded and ignorance. Well expressed. (Report)Reply

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  • (9/9/2015 8:54:00 AM)

    I couldn't read through this(no entertainment value) .-Albert George Vinny (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, March 14, 2015



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