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?



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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      Marian Allen

      March 19, 2017 at 9:23am

      That’s a useful perception, Dan. Unfortunately, I’m more in the Dorothy Parker mold: “What fresh hell is this?”

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  1. Joey

    March 20, 2017 at 6:43pm

    That’s lovely. The pips were early so I feel like I’ve been let in on a huge secret. 🙂

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  2. Deborah

    March 20, 2017 at 8:46pm

    Thank God for poets and writers cause I can find the words to express how I’m feeling!
    This is lovely!

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