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Her Hopeful Eyes


Ravi Rajan is a software program director working in India. He writes articles on management, relationships and good parenting.

This is the story of a girl who lost everything due to a terrorist attack but her eyes still spell hope as she collects and rebuilds the fragments of her shattered life. This poem inspired by Brenda's word prompt HOPE.


Her hopeful eyes,
alluring, innocent eyes,
brimming with vibrant dreams,
dreams weaving a magical world,
a world enthralled in heavenly happiness,
bathed in God’s pristine radiance,
ruled by glittering angels,
mesmerizing, stirring eyes.
Her hopeful eyes.

Her hopeful eyes,
hollow, lifeless eyes,
haunted with shattered memories,
memories of a peaceful world,
a doting father, an indulgent mother,
a cottage in the hills,
blessed by mother nature,
nostalgic, lonely eyes.
Her hopeful eyes.

Her hopeful eyes,
petrified, tearful eyes,
pierced with gruesome images,
images of cruel, masked men,
killing without remorse, waging false “Jihad,”
wiping her tranquil, somnambulistic world,
creating a black abyss,
vanquished, destitute eyes.
Her hopeful eyes.


Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on April 05, 2021:

Thanks Tuli

Tulii Banerjee from Kolkata on April 05, 2021:

Very sad yet beautifully written! "The miserable have no other medicine but only hope".... Thanks for sharing Ravi

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on April 05, 2021:

Thanks Chrish for your comments

Chrish Canosa from Manila Philippines on April 05, 2021:

Heartbreak is part of our lives, it is part of the reality. Hope must bloom. Wonderful response to Ms Brenda Sir.

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on March 31, 2021:

Thanks Vidya

VIDYA D SAGAR on March 31, 2021:

A beautiful poem which highlights the essence of hope. In spite of devastating circumstances her eyes reflect hope. It is very touching and sad. It is hope that keeps us going till our last breath.

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on March 30, 2021:

Thanks Chirangada

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on March 30, 2021:

A sad and painful reality, expressed beautifully in your poem!

But, till the last breath, there is hope

Excellent response to the challenge,

Thanks for sharing!

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on March 30, 2021:

Thanks Manatita for your comments

manatita44 from london on March 30, 2021:

Beautiful even with extreme sadness. Portrayed a very difficult situation in a poignant, meaningful and touching way.

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on March 30, 2021:

Thanks John

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on March 30, 2021:

Wonderful words in this engaging poem, Ravi. A good response to Brenda’s prompt. Good job.

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on March 30, 2021:

Thanks Vanita

Vanita Thakkar on March 30, 2021:

Beautiful and sad poem. Expresses the dreams, agony and struggles of many lives which faced / face such devastations in Jammu and Kashmir and now most unfortunately spreading in other parts of India .... Any deceit in the name of love, whatever be the context - personal or social or spiritual or patriotic - is most abhorrable.

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on March 30, 2021:

Thanks Devika for your comments

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 29, 2021:

ravirajan01 The eyes are the windows to our souls. To be in that life is sad.

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on March 29, 2021:

Thanks Misbah for your kind comments

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on March 29, 2021:

Beautiful poem On Brenda's Prompt Hope

A sad story but let us keep hope alive, Alas, this is truly very sad that every fight in the name of JIHAD is not actually JIHAD. There is a big difference between Jihad and terrorism. Jihad doesn't only need a sword, battleground and fight many people don't know.

The best jihad is Jihad of the heart – Jihad bin nafs (faith) – combating the temptation of sin. (To stop ourselves from doing sins and mistreating others, to do what is good and to leave what is bad)

I hope those people can understand it, well a very vast topic it is.

May God Bless their hearts with His Sacred Light so those people (who are misusing the name of Jihad) can understand. Ameen!!

God bless us all

Peace and Blessings :)

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on March 29, 2021:

Thanks Brenda for your kind comments

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on March 29, 2021:


Thanks for sharing this poem for us.

It is amazing that she can have hope in her eyes after witnessing so much devastation.

But keeping God close to her heart can bring her the life that she hopes to see.

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