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"Golden Rule Revised" by Paul Hostovsky

Golden Rule Revised

I hate

the part of me

that hates.


It’s only

a part of me—



from that part

I am loving

and kind—


but still,

it permeates

the whole.


I have tried


that part of me,


but that backfired—

if you love

to hate


you will hate wholly.

No, the only

way to restrain


the part of you

that hates

is to hate it.


You must hate


as you would hate others.

Paul Hostovsky

Paul Hostovsky's poems have won a Pushcart Prize, two Best of the Net Awards, the FutureCycle Poetry Book Prize, and have been featured on Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, The Writer's Almanac, and the Best American Poetry blog. His latest book of poems is Pitching for the Apostates (Kelsay, 2023). You can learn more about him at paulhostovsky.com.



Paul Hostovsky