Love is All You Need


In “The Game of Shepherd & Dawse,” Nettie’s poem about hate is so simplistic, so childlike, it’s profoundness might easily be missed. You see, what Nettie figured out is that hate isn’t a person.

Hate lives inside a person. Like an invisible ‘guest,’ hate casts a net of darkness within a person. The more a person hates, the stronger this net becomes. Eventually, other ‘Dawsey’ traits show up and become stuck in this net.

Sometimes, this is visible on the outside and we say someone has “a darkness about them.” Nettie instinctively knew that the only way to loosen the netting of negativity around people was to love them back and love them big!

I think Nettie must have been a Beatles fan. 🦋

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