Hope is a four letter word

Expectation derived from dreams

With no future

No reality

Expecting the best

Fearing the worst


Seeing the world through

Rose colored glasses

Always waiting

Always expecting

And slowly, irrevocably,

Hope retreats to a place

We cannot reach


Full of promise

Empty of fact

Carrying us to lofty heights

Only to abandon us

Again and again

Until one day

There is no Hope


  • Michael Edwards

    Great to see you back BUT there's always hope - without it what is the point of anything - anyway still liked the poem - great write

    • FredPeyer

      Thank you Michael, you are right of course, there IS always hope when there is nothing else. What went through my mind is that if you are hoping for something in particular, and it just does not happen, one has to be realistic and eventually you just give it up. Does not mean though that there can still be hope for something else. Ahh, I am not a philosopher, I just write what is in my head.

    • Goldfinch60

      Good write. Hope is always there as without it existence would be non existent.

      • FredPeyer

        Thank you goldfinch! See my answer to Michael.

      • orchidee

        A fine write F. yet I too think there is always hope, that is not just wishful thinking.
        This reminds me of: If one never expects any good to happen, one won't be disappointed if all works out badly! Yet that seems pessimistic.

        • FredPeyer

          Thank you orchidee, yes, it seems pessimistic. But sometimes it seems to be the best way to handle something.

        • Louis Gibbs

          One would hope that there is always hope, hopefully. Welcome back, Fred. Hope you enjoyed your time away, but can appreciate missing this forum. Kudos on the poetic tribute to hope!

          • FredPeyer

            Thanks Louis! Like your first sentence in this comment!!!

            • Louis Gibbs

              I hoped you would.

            • WriteBeLight

              Glad you returned and we got the opportunity to read your poem. I hope you never stop hoping 🙂

              • FredPeyer

                Thanks WBL, don't worry, what I write and what I do is not always the same thing!

                • FredPeyer

                  Thanks WBL, don't worry, what I write and what I do is not always the same thing!

                • malubotelho

                  Fine writing Fred. Nice to see you back. Hope you are feeling good.

                • private poet

                  The human spirit is so resilient that hope finds its own way in.

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