Treasure Island

Jenim Dibie

Hope and Despair

The blanket of the sky warms the moon
On a cold and starless night with memories of the sun
Slowly, the day breaks apart in dark hearts
And hope is born
Swiftly, the night falls on light hearts
And despair returns
It is not the one that is in light that hopes for light
It is not the one that is happy that seeks laughter
It is not the one that lives that aches for life
It is not the one that understands that looks for meaning
It is not the fish in the sea that scratches the sky
With withered hands for a downpour of rain
It is hope that makes your eyes see through the mirror
It is despair that blinds and makes a glass opaque
Perhaps it's hope that makes me think:
I am the words in another's poem
I am the lyrics to someone's song
I am the balm that soothes old wounds
I am the healing to someone's loneliness
I am the laughter that wets your eyes
I am your blanket on wintry nights
I am the history you're yet to make
I am the story you'll call your life
I am the lover you'll call you wife
I am the wind that slaps joy across your face
I am the green that revives a dying tree
I am the rainbow in someone's grey sky
I am the lone rose in the world's garden
I am the mother of your only child
I am the lover of all you are
With hope, I clutch to life with one last breath
And when despair with one last breath clutches my soul
I remember the futility of all life is
And perhaps it's despair that helps me say:
I am the daughter of a Father I cannot see until I'm dead
I am the loving without a lover
I am the bottomless well filled with error
I am but dust in the vast landscape of time
I am the roof the rain weeps against
I am the sorrow that joy kicks against
I am the object of mortal disdain
I am the misery that puts out the stars
I am the nightmare that chases dreams
I am the last piece to a puzzle that will never be found
I am the song unsung
I am the lover of all things that destroy me
I am the one who's lost and is found to be abandoned
I am the desert that swallows the rain
I am the only abyss that is shallow
I am the no thing in nothing
I am not ok... not okay
Oh I look through life's glass into the future
My world is black and dark and sick and bleak
I will sit here till the world finds it's full stop in me
O despair is a nightmare that feeds on dreams
Despair sees the bad end of a good beginning
Hope sees the good end of a bad beginning
Despair seeks to die and not feel the pain of being alive
Hope seeks life in the throes of death
Despair thinks the darkness is the only light
Hope knows the darkness is just a shadow of the light
Hope hopes pain is a fleeting moment that will pass
Painful is the life of he that despairs
Hope creates a thread for life to walk on
Despair seeing the end... cuts the rope.

Submitted: Wednesday, January 08, 2014
Edited: Thursday, January 09, 2014

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