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Poem: Hope Is Sewn

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Hope Is Sewn

A mountain peak lifts expectation,

Height inferior to hung burning delights,

Deflated heart worn from consolation,

Flames extinguished at the sight.


Gravity tugs my foot,

Nagging me to return to trodden land,

Where footprints bring trails of childhood,

And trace unthinkable plans.


All that's left is letting go,

But stars will sparkle tonight,

The seam of light shows hope is sewn,

Dreams may turn out right.

Poem Explanation


A mountain peak lifts expectation,

Height inferior to hung burning delights,

Deflated heart worn from consolation,

Flames extinguished at the sight.

There are situations beyond our control so our expectations cannot be fulfilled. You think that even after working hard, you can achieve your dreams. Not even a mountain's peak can touch the space, where the stars are "hung". In those moments, friends who you have reached out to offer consolation but you still feel empty. The spirits you once had to pursue your dream diminished once you knew the situation was difficult. I want to show that the stars will always burn brightly but our hearts' "flames", not always.


Gravity tugs my foot,

Nagging me to return to trodden land,

Where footprints bring trails of childhood,

And trace unthinkable plans.

Your conscience which is "gravity" tells you that it's time to snap back to reality, the "land". You have to leave the mountain peak. The decisions you make in pursuing the dream are large steps which aren't like the forgivable mistakes we made as children. Mistakes, the "unthinkable", are part and parcel of our daily routine hence the word "trodden" (crush) if we accumulate the working days. Pursuing the dream cannot be compared because it's life changing.


All that's left is letting go,

But stars will sparkle tonight,

The seam of light shows hope is sewn,

Dreams may turn out right.

There's a saying that goes like good things happen to those who wait. Never mind if you can't pursue the dream now. Hopefully with time, situations will become more favourable, perceptions will change and the dream will materialize.


© 2019 Li-Jen Hew

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