Definition Of An Abstract Term #SampleSunday

I didn’t feel like shilling for any of my books today, so here’s a poem. It’s an older poem, so I may have posted it before, but that’s as may be.


by Marian Allen

When egg-blue spring sits caged
in Winter’s barest boughs,
that’s Hope.

It lives
not opposite despair, but at its heart –
at the apogee of agony –
has vanished,
when the happy outcome buds and blooms.

Soft turf and juicy greenness–
where’s the pain in that?
Forsythia spikes unyielding
in sepia armorplate….
Earth waits, frozen steel
slick with filmy mud-melt.

That’s Hope.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: What signals or defines hope to your main character?


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I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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