I Love to hate you

I love to hate you

But I find myself loving you

What you took for dominance, was my attempt at preservation

What you interpreted as a demand, was my attempt at a request

All I needed was an assurance that I was not a bother

What I got was your retreating back

And a salutation that seems now final

I love to hate you, but how can I

When all I am is a creature of love

It oozes from every pore in my body

It radiates in my smile, my look, my touch

Resident in me is so much love to give

Resident in you is the resolve not to take it

I am what I am because of He who sired me

God is love and so am I

I love to hate you, but love you I must



18 thoughts on “I Love to hate you” by Mercy Ilevbare (@efearue)

  1. Its really nice
    sometimes the depths of love can never really be known
    Who can search His understanding?
    Tis agape, Eros is good too. Love conquers and is never weak but alway strong.

  2. lol…I almost said this was the voice of a lustful person until I got to the point where it said:

    “I am what I am because of He who sired me

    God is love and so am I ”

    I like this poetry-religious and poignant!

  3. Mercy, aptly written. I would have preferred some mystery though. Something that makes me create both of u and imagine more what transpired and how it all went down. Pictures. I like the theme. Look forward to reading u again

  4. Really nice Mercy. I liked these lines; “What you took for dominance, was my attempt at preservation. What you interpreted as a demand, was my attempt at a request” so much so when i read these lines; “Resident in me is so much love to give. Resident in you is the resolve not to take it”, i wondered if you might have misunderstood his stance, as surely as he had yours.

    But i really love the reference of who you are being as a result of from whom you are. I hope that makes sense. Well done.

  5. @Tisha…thanks
    @ Afronuts..lustful?..lol
    @ Zino…Thanks for the feedback..mystery huh?..will work on that
    @ Abby…Thanks,,it did make sense..

  6. Lucid poetry. Simple, yet creative. Nice work.

  7. very creative,interesting and nice poem.

  8. I believe this is about a shunned/rejected lover, Nice poem. Though as mentioned above, a bit more mystery won’t have been bad idea

  9. You are right Ld, thanks…will most definitely work on the mystery bit.

  10. Short, precise, straight to the point, you’re quite good.

  11. Don’t like people who deny a feeling probably cuz the relationship never lived up to expectation. That’s make the xter in the poem lovable. Nice work. Keep it up.

  12. Thanks Jaywriter..

  13. Nice. I love the fact that you gradually revealed the message. It hit home.
    you write girl!

  14. This is well written, the message quite clear but I wanted more. What was the last straw that broke the camel’s back? Both the guys’s and the writers, why does she want to hate him?

  15. Thanks Myne….She wanted to hate him because of his nonchalance and the ease with which he walked away from her love, their love…She hoped by hating him, moving on will be a lot easier. But she couldn’t bring herself to hate him because of a higher power that urges her to love..I hope this explains it?

  16. nice poem. i enjoyed it and totally got the message as I can relate in a number of ways both personally and from stories shared. well done!

  17. Yeah – whoa.

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