Poetry Prompt Wednesday #14 – Tomorrow’s Hope

there-is-always-hope

Today’s task: take the words “Tomorrow’s (_____)”, fill in the blank, make it the title of your poem and then write the poem.

Tomorrow’s hope seems so far away

In the face of adversity, we shy away.

Do you succumb to pressures?

Do we stop living, accept our lot?

We live a short space of time

We can engage in the every day

Take it, as that’s how it is.

We can say fate intervenes

And casts a shadow so deep

There seems no light at the end.

We can imagine there is no tomorrow

That today is as good as it gets.

That pleasures are for others

The fortunate ones who take

Who never have to suffer, who don’t care.

But what if your tomorrow is all about hope

Of believing your life can change

That misery in keeping strange bedfellows

Also offers blinding hope.

That if we take it, the future is unclear

But if we don’t the present is the future

With all the pathetic angst we will rail against.

Tomorrow is hope, always hope

Never to be defeated by mediocrity

We look forward, see what we need

Step in that direction, take firmly

The hand that is extended.

 

Written for: https://therattlingbones.wordpress.com/2015/07/08/poetry-prompt-wednesday-14/

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8 Responses to Poetry Prompt Wednesday #14 – Tomorrow’s Hope

  1. mj6969 says:

    Truly inspired Michael – with some very straightforwards and blunt truths: That misery in keeping strange bedfellows / Also offers blinding hope. / That if we take it, the future is unclear / But if we don’t the present is the future / With all the pathetic angst we will rail against. Tomorrow is hope, always hope

    Blunt and to the point – but effective – and for those who “doubt” and jest at “hope” – perhaps they are the fools who have yet to experience the really crappy, miserable aspects – because most people – eventually will choose to set themselves free – either by death, or by working, even struggling – to find the hand that is extended – offered in hope, strength and courage.

    Beautifully written Michael – gem 🙂

  2. mandy says:

    Hope sounds like a good thing to hang onto, Michael. It’s easy to get blinded by the alternatives. Thanks for the reminder.

  3. DELL CLOVER says:

    Marvelous sage words in this, Michael–on my truly bad days, it’s a good reminder that if I don’t hope and hang on for tomorrow, that last crap day is my future. You put it so well, so succinct and concrete–much appreciated.

  4. loricarlson66 says:

    Beautiful words of wisdom, Michael 🙂 I would hate to think that any of my today’s could be my whole future.. I prefer to have hope that tomorrow will bring a much better today

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