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Dare I Hope? - Poem by Sophia White

Dare I hope to hope?
Is it safe? Is it right?
Am I hoping for nothing
But a black and empty night?

Hope should make me happy.
I should laugh, sing, and dance
Because I am hoping. Right?
Ha! Not a chance.

How is it that hope can leave me
Trembling in the darkness?
How is it that something so “good”
Should leave me feeling helpless?

Dare I hope to hope?
What difference does it make?
Fate will be fate in the end,
It will either “make or break.”

Does Fate regard my hope?
Does She listen? Or care?
Am I shooting for a star that
Simply isn’t there?

I cannot know! Oh, God
Why must I struggle with
This doubt that pulls at me
Rends me, limb from limb?

What sort of hope leaves pain
Where it should instead leave joy?
Is this hope at all? Or perhaps
Some wicked demon’s ploy?

I cannot know! Dear heaven!
How can I even begin to dare
To hope for something – anything?
Is no assurance there?

No promise? No guarantee?
I cannot stand it! I cannot!
The doubt is a plague
In my every thought.

Dare I hope to hope
In a hope that leaves me dry
And lost? How can I dare
To hope in hope? How can I?


Comments about Dare I Hope? by Sophia White

  • Rookie - 207 Points Louie Aries (7/31/2018 11:02:00 PM)

    Perfect..not many will truly understand this feeling but it was very struck me directly to the heart.. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Amol chouhan (2/24/2018 12:47:00 AM)

    well done! it is true and this poem is very nice. (Report) Reply

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  • Silver Star - 3,037 Points Resh Kav (6/22/2017 10:52:00 PM)

    very nice poem. love to read it (Report) Reply

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  • Veteran Poet - 1,494 Points Earnest Gatuma (11/7/2016 3:08:00 PM)

    Brilliantly examined! I love this poem...... (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie purple moon (6/18/2007 8:37:00 AM)

    well done, this is a brilliant poem. we all know this feeling the world over don't we, but hope is what sees us through to the end, and in any situation if we look hard enough we see that light at the end of the tunnel, i hope you did. x (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Isabella Anonymous (4/10/2007 1:36:00 PM)

    dear sophie, well done...at the state of mind that i am in, this sure hits the nail on the head, i love it...hope to see some more good stuff.. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Vivienne Mc Cormack (11/5/2006 8:30:00 AM)

    Well done Sophia, you hit the nail on the head. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Bethany Woodson (10/30/2006 5:44:00 PM)

    So true, sometimes I feel like all the hoping I do is for nothing. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Brittany Hill (10/5/2006 9:30:00 AM)

    I really enjoyed this poem. Sometimes I feel like all hope is gone. Great Job. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 0 Points Lesa K (7/20/2006 11:18:00 AM)

    A line from one of my most favorite songs is this: : : 'God have mercy on the man who doubts what he's sure of.' Hope is like that... something we believe in and our true carrier faith, but at times we doubt what we most hope for. We all feel this way from time to time and all seems so bleak. At those times, I try to renew my hope... and remember the reason why I asked God for hope in the first place. Well done, Sophia. I love your poems. (Report) Reply

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  2. Hope

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