Might Hope Someday Rise? A Poem

Updated on August 25, 2020
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Chris has written poetry for 28 years though he focuses on short fiction. But watch out for the occasional twisted nursery rhyme.

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Might Hope Someday Rise?

I’ve been to the edge

And looked down

Upon the craggy cliff,

The brutally scarred face.


Each fissure a reminder of the violence

Of wind,

Wave,

And time.


Streams break forth from the sculpted brow

And strike sharp angles

That support lofty vistas,

Sorrowful eyes scanning the sea’s horizon.


The feet of the towering precipice bathe

In a pool of cascading tears

Shielded from the breakers

By scraps of their own demise.


Why the searching eyes?

Could it be

That hope might someday rise

Over the horizon of the bounding main?

Winter Storm, Cornwall, England 2014

© 2020 Chris Mills

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      Chris Mills 

      12 days ago from Traverse City, MI

      Brenda, there is hope rising. In my view, it is inevitable. Anything is up and hopeful compared to where we are now. Yes, Hope will somday rise.

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      Chris Mills 

      12 days ago from Traverse City, MI

      Dora, I am so happy you were pleased with this poem.

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      Chris Mills 

      12 days ago from Traverse City, MI

      Ann, I've said it before, and I'll say it again. I will someday visit your fair land and enjoy all the beauty it presents.

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      BRENDA ARLEDGE 

      12 days ago from Washington Court House

      Chris,

      I would like to think there is hope coming over the horizon.

      Great write.

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      The visuals of the cliff, the horizon, the cascading tears provide a relevant backdrop for the rise of hope above them all. Good poetry!

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      Ann Carr 

      3 weeks ago from SW England

      Then you should go to the seaside chalk cliffs of Sussex between Eastbourne and Rottingdean - amazing!

      Nature never ceases to impress and inspire.

      Ann

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      Chris Mills 

      3 weeks ago from Traverse City, MI

      Ann, it is in the realm of nature that I find so much inspiration. I have an affinity for seaside cliffs. I don't know why, but it is true. The constant and age-old battle between rock and sea has always impressed me.

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      Ann Carr 

      3 weeks ago from SW England

      Cornwall can certainly give vent to some mighty storms on the coasts! Great descriptive poem as a synonym for this stormy time we find ourselves in. But hope is the key and as long as we have that we will hang on. Your poetry has the power of the waves and the awaited calm to follow. Great writing, Chris.

      Keep safe and well!

      Ann

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      Chris Mills 

      3 weeks ago from Traverse City, MI

      Pamela, Be encouraged and keep hoping.

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      Chris Mills 

      3 weeks ago from Traverse City, MI

      Eric, you are counted. Hope on.

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      Chris Mills 

      3 weeks ago from Traverse City, MI

      Bill, I sense the hope in you, and you inspire others to do the same. Keep up the good work.

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      Chris Mills 

      3 weeks ago from Traverse City, MI

      Greg, Your father's words are true for every person of every generation. I'm glad I could bring those thoughts to mind today.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      3 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

      This is a very good poem, and I am an optimist. I think we have to have hope for the future, Chris. You did a wonderful job writing this poem.

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Involving piece. Count me in.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Love the optimism, Chris! Always hope...always! And I have it, for myself, and for this nation!

      Well done, my friend! Be safe!

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      greg cain 

      3 weeks ago from Moscow, Idaho, USA

      Chris - your well-crafted poem here is evocative in the physical and the psychological/emotional. In his dying days, my dad said that if we didn't have hope we would surely be lost. Or at least something to that effect. Your poem is optimistic for that kind of hope, and also gut-wrenching for me because it brought back those memories. Great piece, Chris. Nicely done.

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      Chris Mills 

      3 weeks ago from Traverse City, MI

      Lorna, where would we be without hope?

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      Chris Mills 

      3 weeks ago from Traverse City, MI

      Umesh Chandra Bhatt , Thank you.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      3 weeks ago

      A very realistic reminder of what we are enduring, however, there is always hope for a better future, just over the horizon. Wonderfully written.

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      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      3 weeks ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      Beautiful lines. Well composed.

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      Chris Mills 

      3 weeks ago from Traverse City, MI

      I have a lot to learn about friendship.

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      John Hansen 

      3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Aww Chris. You humble me. What are friends for?

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      Chris Mills 

      3 weeks ago from Traverse City, MI

      Thanks, John. I have to admit, I was sitting here waiting to see if you would show up. You are a true friend.

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      John Hansen 

      3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Chris, I pray that hope one day rises higher than those waves. A well-written and descriptive poem.

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