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Never Lose Hope

Never Lose Hope

Hope is the light at the end of the tunnel
A glimmer of something outside of pain
Hope is the thread you hang on to
So life would not be in vain

Hope is a hand keeping your head above water
Someone saying a kind word
Hope is breaking through the silence
Like the gentle song of a bird

Hope is the five-dollar bill in your jeans
That made it through the wash
Hope is you’re going to make it by any means
Your dreams will not be squashed

Hope is optimism in the face of adversity
Don’t let them ever get you down
Hope is always gentle and kind
A big hug to wipe away that frown

Hope is wishes to be granted
A talk back from the ledge of despair
Hope is the kindness of the invisible
Who always send up a prayer

Hope is a good wish from a stranger
Someone unaware your heart aches
Hope is a basket of food left at your door
Or perhaps a homemade cake

Hope is sometimes all we have
When times make it hard to cope
Life can take more that it will give
But in the end, there is always hope


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Sarah is hosting D'Verse Poets tonight and has prompted us with
repetition.  She asked us to choose from her selection and use
them repeatedly throughout the poem.

I chose "Hope"

I have reworked a poem I wrote about hope four years ago as
it was perfect for this challenge.  I hope you like it.

Up on the Roof – An Ekphrastic Poem

Up On The Roof

As the last shirt was pegged to the line
her hands went to her back
and massaged the aching muscles
that had borne the weight of her labor
The wind was in full force and the sky bright
She knew the linens would dry quickly this day
Her spirits lifted briefly at the thought
of an early finish to her day’s work
but knowing by then the sun would be almost gone
She wished for the wind to carry her away
from this drudgery and servitude
Young in age but weary in spirit
These moments alone on the roof
were precious times for her to dream
of how life could perhaps be one day



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Merrel is hosting D'Verse Poets tonight and has prompted us to
write a 'March Wind Ekphrastic Poem' by selecting on of four
paintings about the wind that she suggested and to use it as
the prompt for our poem.  I chose 'Sun and Wind on the Roof'
by John Sloan. 
 

Enjoy Up On The Roof by The Drifters
 

Hope’s Flickering Flame

Hope’s Flickering Flame

Hope flickering
like candlelight
in a cool breeze
Once burning bright
A beacon of belief
Guiding, gently pushing
towards dreams
Now waning like the moon
losing its fullness
Hope’s flickering flame
Doomed to be doused
Leaving a heavy heart


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Word Prompt

Flickering - RDP

Living In Hope

One more angry word
from nowhere
is another dose of arsenic
poisoning my soul

Living in the constant chaos
Of your existence
I pray for eviction
Freedom from your madness

To write on a clean slate
With different words
Creating a new story
of hope and happiness

The answer is there
in my secret dreams
One day I will find
the courage to fly


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Prompts

Clean Slate - RDP
Answer - FOWC

Resilient

Resilient

At the darkest of hours
when nothing is left to be taken
Stripped bare of dignity
Pummeled into dirt
The taste still lingering in your mouth
even after you have wretched
it from your body
You dig even deeper than
where you have been before
Finding those special gifts
bestowed on you by all who
have beaten you down
Resilience and resolve
These are the things that lift you
from the hell that was your life
Your champions and saviors
who always know where you are
when you need them the most


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Sanaa is hosting D'Verse poets and has asked us to write a panegyric poem
in honor of someone or something.  I looked within, grateful for my inner
strength.

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Naïveté 

Naïveté

A wave of the hand
An inspiring conversation
An expectant mind
Who would lay blame for the
Hope carried in a naïve heart
Or was it just a figment of imagination
Sending you on a path to nowhere?


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Word Prompts

Inspire - Stream of Consciousness
Wave - RDP
Blame - Word of the Day
Figment - FOWC


Change Partners – A Novelinee

Change Partners

Dancing to your tune I move gingerly
A misstep would be unwise causing pain
and I’m careful to avoid injury
fearing I’ll be your perennial bane
Imagining a new movement sequence
I pray for music to finally change
as I choreograph a new frequence
A change of partner giving me free range
It seems to me to be a fair exchange


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Laura Bloomsbury is hosting D'Verse Poets - Meet at the Bar tonight
and as it is the ninth day of the ninth month she has prompted us with
a form that is new to me called the Novelinee. It is a nine line poem
with an a,b,a,b,c,d,c,d,d sequence.

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Threads of Life

Threads of Life

Threads of life woven closely 
Connecting us to others

In such beautiful patterns
Of rich color and texture

At times they’re stretched to breaking
Or bound together in strength

When a thread comes to an end
We cling tightly to our own

Or perhaps latch on to others
To weave a new design

Coordinated creations
Connecting colorful strands

Hoping it will become strong
And remain unknotted 

The design harmonious
in basic simplicity

Sometimes it is rough and frayed
Or intricate and complex

When pulled from its given form 
It might distort or lose shape

It will be what it will be 
But not for want of trying



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Sanaa is hosting D'Verse Poets tonight and has asked us to look at
Korean Poetry, in particular the form called Kasa.  It calls for four
couplets of seven syllables per line.  You can read more about if at
the D'verse.com page. This was the first time I attempted this form and
I got carried away with the length and ended up with eleven couplets! Oh well. 


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Fly Free

Fly Free

Would that I might fly the nest south
to be a snowbird escaping winter’s cold
and bask in sunshine sprinkling her
diamonds on crystal waters 
Where gentle breezes ruffle feathers
and I might preen in the warmth of her fire

Would that I be free from this frigid prison
and flap my wings freely with my flock
Shedding my wintry grey garb
for colors of the sea and sand and sky
Then, when earth is ready to waken
Would that I return to for its rebirth


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Sarah is hosting D'Verse Poets and has prompted us with the story
of Persephone.  My interpretation is that of someone trapped, away from
sunlight and a desire to be free from her confines.

Poetics: Persephone.
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