Francis Duggan

If You Cannot Love Self - Poem by Francis Duggan

If you cannot love self you cannot love others
And see all of humanity as your sisters and brothers
The love of humanity comes from within
In the mind of the individual such a love can only begin
Loathing of self born of low self esteem
Grows to loathing of others or so it does seem
For darkness of the mind there can be an excuse
So many in their childhood do suffer abuse
Some do not have happy memories to enjoy
Of their younger years as a girl or a boy
Their hatred of self to hatred of others does spread
This what does seem to happen when self love is dead
Self love grows to love of others when all is said and done
If you cannot love self you cannot love anyone.

Topic(s) of this poem: people

Form: Sonnet

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, January 30, 2016

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