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Like. Love. Hate.
by A. D. Joyce

Published by A. D. Joyce at Smashwords

Cover art by A. D. Joyce

Copyright 2012 A. D. Joyce

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The idea to use like, love, and hate as the focus for this mini collection of poems began on my blog Sweepy Jean Explores the (Webby) World. One poem is revised from the original, which appears on the blog; the other three are making their debut here.

I wonder if like, love, and hate are the basis of every other emotion there is? For instance, there is no happiness without like or love, and no fear without hate.

“But Adriene," you say, "aren’t like and love different degrees of the same feeling? What about love and hate: Aren’t they two sides of the same coin?”

Well, like is a type of attraction, an appreciation, an affinity. Sometimes like develops into love but like is capable of existing all on its own. Consider the case of unrequited love: One person is head over heels with someone else who prefers to be just friends. I’ll bet the one who is in love doesn’t think like and love are even remotely similar.

I have a hard time believing that indifference is the opposite of love, as some have said. By definition, indifference is not even an emotion. Therefore, indifference must be the opposite of every emotion. On the other hand, love and hate truly are opposites. As with all other emotions, love and hate can coexist but you don’t have to love a thing first to then hate it, although that happens a lot.

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