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Might Hope Someday Rise? A Poem

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.


The feet of the towering precipice bathe

In a pool of cascading tears

Shielded from the breakers

By scraps of their own demise.


Streams break forth from the sculpted brow

And strike sharp angles

That support lofty vistas,

Sorrowful eyes scanning the sea’s horizon.


Why those searching eyes?


Could it be

That hope might someday rise

Over the horizon of the bounding main?

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© 2020 Chris Mills

Comments

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on September 05, 2020:

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.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on September 05, 2020:

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

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on September 05, 2020:

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.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on September 05, 2020:

Chris,

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

Great write.

CaribTales on August 30, 2020:

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

Ann Carr from SW England on August 26, 2020:

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

Nature never ceases to impress and inspire.

Ann

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on August 26, 2020:

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.

Ann Carr from SW England on August 25, 2020:

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

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on August 25, 2020:

Pamela, Be encouraged and keep hoping.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on August 25, 2020:

Eric, you are counted. Hope on.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on August 25, 2020:

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

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on August 25, 2020:

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

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on August 25, 2020:

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.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on August 25, 2020:

Involving piece. Count me in.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 25, 2020:

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

Well done, my friend! Be safe!

greg cain from Moscow, Idaho, USA on August 25, 2020:

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.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on August 25, 2020:

Lorna, where would we be without hope?

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on August 25, 2020:

Umesh Chandra Bhatt , Thank you.

Lorna Lamon on August 25, 2020:

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

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on August 25, 2020:

Beautiful lines. Well composed.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on August 25, 2020:

I have a lot to learn about friendship.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on August 25, 2020:

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

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on August 25, 2020:

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

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on August 25, 2020:

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

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