A Sonnet: Let the Sun Set on Hatred


We are all children together looking for answers,
Cheered by beauty, gymnasts, athletes or dancers.
We look for family, love or a release to our pain,
For food, comfort, or shelter from fear and distain.
We are all alike: blessed by every sunny day, 
Then cast down by ice storms and endless gray.

At special moments, we radiate love and joy.
We must constantly renew these as things annoy.
We revel when joy comes calling, brilliant and heady.
Love comes in its own time, when we are ready.
But let the sun set on hatred and anger, push them away.
Don’t hug them tight, those hurtful deceivers get in our way.

To the ones toward whom we feel rage, take up a pen,
Write, underline, flare up like the sun, until we feel zen.

Copyright 2014 Brenda Davis Harsham


In honor of Martin Luther King Day, some of his peaceful words:

“I have decided to stick with love, hate is too great a burden to bear.”

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”

“Let no man pull you low enough to hate him.”

“We must learn to live together as brothers,
Or perish together as fools.”

“We must find an alternative to war.”

If you have not seen his “I have a dream” speech,
I encourage you to listen to it here.



68 thoughts on “A Sonnet: Let the Sun Set on Hatred

  1. Pingback: A Sonnet: Let the Sun Set on Hatred | By the Mighty Mumford
  2. How can we not love each other? It makes me sad to see children who are playing and having fun with no real knowledge of what their parents or grandparents may harbor in their personal trunk of negative thoughts. Let’s drink a cup of green tea, a sip or apple cider and pass the sippy cups of juice or milk to all and have a bucket of cookies together. ❤ hugs xoxo

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    • Thanks, we chased that sunset for half an hour, and I thought this was the best shot. It almost looked to me as if the very trees were on fire with it. It was so much more beautiful in person.


  3. Wise words of encouragement Brenda, it’s really tough to remember that hate and anger destroy us more than they hurt the person / people we direct them at. And you’re absolutely right, picking up a pen (or a keyboard) at those moments is far more productive. This really struck my heart today as we are all obviously seething on our side of the ‘pond’ over this BBC / Jimmy Saville scandal and I spent a sleepless night with my blood boiling. Finally the light filtered through the curtains, I groan, switch on the laptop and BAM honey, you did it again! Your wise words were waiting for me – you are an absolute earth-angel and the sugar and spice in my gingerbread slice, thankyou! 🙂 x


  4. Reblogged this on Susan Olupitan and commented:
    I was just thinking about something poignant I could post in honor of MLK day, and then the talented and beautiful Brenda posted this on her blog “Friendly Fairy Tales” and I think it is more apropos and more beautiful than anything I could have thought of right now.
    Here’s to Martin Luther King Jr. and to us all, who walk in his wake.
    Stay Blessed


    • I almost deleted this comment with my multitudinous spam, but luckily your picture popped as familiar. I’m so honored you chose my humble sonnet. He was a great man, and hard to live up to. We are all the better for hearing his words. Blessings, Brenda


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