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Poetry: 'Tomorrow' and 'Hope'; Don't Put Things Off! Don't Be Impatient!


Ann loves to write poetry and also enjoys responding to prompts. A challenge is always interesting!

One-Word Prompts

At least two more word prompts have been set by Brenda whilst more than a week has gone by. I’m someone who works either on impulse and dives straight in, or I procrastinate, wait until my imagination is ready to paddle before it fully commits to complete submersion.

So we have two words today - ‘tomorrow’ and ‘hope’. Tomorrow can’t be today, I know, but today it is!

There are so many sayings about ‘tomorrow’. Any word to do with time is ethereal by nature. It’s an abstract concept, it can be mystical and is so often unpredictable. As soon as we reach tomorrow, it has become today and another tomorrow peeps up over the horizon. Hence, tomorrow never comes.

Hope is more tangible. We have an image in our head. We have an emotion to be fulfilled. It might not turn out as we anticipate, or materialise as quickly as we wish, but it might be all the better for that. It might cause disappointments but maybe we’re hoping for the wrong thing or creating impossible wishes. Hope has to be based on reality rather than wishing on a star. Hope is looking at a possibility which can be realised if we act in a certain way, or if we work towards a goal. Hope is often better when it’s for someone else, have you noticed?

Another Tomorrow over the Horizon

Another Tomorrow over the Horizon


Tomorrow never comes,

Tomorrow’s another day,

Sound the horn and beat the drums,

Tomorrow’s lost its way!

Tomorrow I’ll do this,

Tomorrow I’ll do that,

Never put off ’til tomorrow the kiss

expected - or fall flat.

Tomorrow can be fickle,

When it becomes today,

It’s often but a smaller trickle

of now, too long delayed.

Tomorrow might bring joy,

Tomorrow’s full of surprises,

but leave it room to prove it’s worth

space for more disguises.

Tomorrow could be great,

Tomorrow could be bad.

Make sure when it becomes today

that you make someone glad.

So what will you be doing tomorrow?

Something you should have done today? There’s still time!

Have you ever considered how exciting the concept of ‘tomorrow’ is? We just don’t know what it will bring. Even if you have appointments or fixed work hours, even if you’ve seen the weather forecast saying that the sun will shine so you can go to the beach, even if you have decided to stay at home, the whole schedule can be thrown up in the air! You or someone else can’t manage the appointment, through illness or an unforeseen delay. A sudden storm brews up and the beach is drenched in hail-stones. You’re called out on an emergency so a lazy day is out of the question. You… just… don’t… know.

Tomorrow a comet might crash into the earth - heaven forbid! Tomorrow you could win a fortune, decide to change your job, fall in love, break your leg, meet someone who will change your life in any way at all!

Hope she loves these presents!

Hope she loves these presents!


Hope springs eternal!

Isn’t that what they say?

It makes it hard to hope, though,

when nothing comes your way.

You make your own tomorrows,

you hope that all’s ok,

but what if what’s expected

doesn’t come out to play?

Maybe it doesn’t sit right,

maybe it’s not the time,

Keep hoping for the best yet,

your bell will surely chime.

As sometimes what we wait for

is just what we deserve,

is worth the waiting hours

if we can keep our nerve.

If we are calm and patient,

a day will come, it’s true,

when all that you have hoped for

is waiting - just for you!


... daring to hope, wanting to hope but too afraid, or feeling that it’s silly to hope for something so much. We’ve all been there.

If you don’t hope, what’s the point? If you don’t hope, you won’t have plans, you won’t push your boundaries, you won’t find surprises round the corner (good or bad!) and you won’t find your rewards, nor learn from mistakes.

What hopes keep your imagination alive? Will they materialise? Maybe today, tomorrow, next year? That’s half the fun, we don’t know what tomorrow will bring but it will bring something and we do have a say in what that something might be.

Just don’t be unrealistic!

I’m still waiting for that shimmering unicorn to emerge from the forest, but maybe I should concentrate on hoping that my grandchildren have good and healthy lives and do what I can to make that happen.

May all your tomorrows be full of hope and happiness!

© 2021 Ann Carr


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 06, 2021:

Thank you Tuli. Your kind comment made me smile.

You keep safe and well too!


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 06, 2021:

Devika: Thank you so much for your warm words. I'm delighted you like these.

Hope does indeed mean so much to us. We need it and we need to spread it. Having just read your piece about it, I know you agree!


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 06, 2021:

Chitrangada: Thank you for your kind comment. I'm glad you enjoyed these poems.


Tulii Banerjee from Kolkata on April 05, 2021:

Lovely poetry with prose! What an excellent description of tomorrow, hope! Love it... Stay safe and healthy dear Ann...

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on April 05, 2021:

Ann Hope for tomorrow is there in the strength of your poem. An absolute beautiful poem and such words mean more now than ever. I feel that too.

It is never better than to feel hope for anything in life. These times have brought many of us to our knees. Thank you for a wonderful write up.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on April 05, 2021:

Excellent response to the word prompts, Hope and Tomorrow. I liked your idea of combining these two significant words, which mean so much to us.

We live in the hope, that after all there is always a tomorrow.

Beautiful writing. Thank you for sharing.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 05, 2021:

Chrish: Thank you for your kind words. I appreciate your visit.


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 05, 2021:

Thank you, Mel! Easter was quiet but today is an Easter Monday 6th birthday, so we will have fun this afternoon. Plenty of chaos and chocolate!

I hope your Easter was wonderful too.


Chrish Canosa from Manila Philippines on April 04, 2021:

Ms Ann, that was a beautiful execution to both.

Blessings and much love.

Mel Carriere from Snowbound and down in Northern Colorado on April 04, 2021:

My hope is that you had a wonderful Easter, playing Easter Bunny for your adorable grandchildren. Lovely poetry!

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 04, 2021:

Vidya: Thank you for your kind comment. I'm glad you enjoyed my poems.

Happy Easter to you too.


VIDYA D SAGAR on April 04, 2021:

You have made beautiful poetry with the two word prompts Ann. I enjoyed reading them. Yummy looking cake. Happy Easter to you all.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 04, 2021:

Well, thank you Flourish! How kind. I'm thrilled that you like the flow.

Happy Easter!


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 04, 2021:

Thanks, manatita. Happy Easter to you too.


FlourishAnyway from USA on April 04, 2021:

Wonderful poetry! You really have a gift for it, Ann. I loved the sentiments and the cadence of the poems. They flowed nicely and were not forced or syrupy. Very nice. And that cake looks good. I hope you'll be seeing many more years to come as well.

manatita44 from london on April 04, 2021:

Beautiful prose and poetry and appropriate time to hope at the end. It's a blessed day, after all.

They seem connected, this too ancient and mystical friends, if only in the sense that they both force us to look ahead with expectations --a visionary dream! Maybe your 'shimmering unicorn', will emerge from the forest. I'm awaiting an effulgent Phoenix, to take me HOME. Chuckle. Sent you a card. Happy Easter!!

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 04, 2021:

Hello Vanita. Thanks for the kind words. A Victorian sponge is about the only cake I'm reasonably good at making! Cooking is not my forte.

Happy Easter to you and your family too!


Vanita Thakkar on April 04, 2021:

Nice poems and elaborations on two word prompts together. Enjoyed it. Very yummy looking cake.

Happy Easter to you and your family!!

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 04, 2021:

gyanendra mocktan: Yes, patience is the key and that will be rewarded. Thank you for reading and commenting. Good to see you today and I hope your weekend brings some reward.


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 04, 2021:

Thank you, John, for such a lovely comment. I hope you're enjoying a great Easter too. We have sunshine and 20+ degrees (for the last few days) but there is snow on the way!!! I can't believe it and it will be such a shock to the system. From Sahara dust to Arctic gales! Ah well, can't do anything about tomorrow's weather!


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 04, 2021:

Thank you, bill! Yes, live for today is my motto too! With our sights on tomorrow but not our worries.

I hope you got the back yard (what we would call the back garden I think) sorted out as you wanted. My gardening yesterday was very satisfying - grass mown, weeds dealt with so that the holly bush has room to breath, and all things watered (not much rain lately). Tomorrow promises to be very cold and snow just about everywhere - far too much of a contrast and I hope they're wrong as I'm travelling up over the hills to my granddaughter's 6th birthday celebrations! By hook or by crook, I will get there.

Happy Easter to you and Bev and I hope your weekend is wonderful.


gyanendra mocktan from Kathmandu,Nepal on April 04, 2021:

Ann, Yes I have been having an emotion to be fulfiiled. It has not been fulfilled. Instead, piled more and more. The only solution right in front of me is face them and learn to handle each one carefully with patience.

Thank you Ann.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on April 03, 2021:

Ann, you described Tomorrow and Hope perfectly in your poetry, and the whole article was a delight as always. I hope you are having a lovely Easter.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 03, 2021:

The older I get, my friend, the more important today is. I can't' take tomorrow for granted. Having said that, it is the "tomorrow" which brings mystery to life, the unknown, the what might happen, mystery and excitement and I know you know what I'm trying to say.

Got work to do in the backyard while the weather is nice, so I'll leave you. Wishing you a brilliantly-successful tomorrow, and many more to come.

Obviously I loved your poetry!


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 03, 2021:

Thank you, Amara, for your lovely sentiments. Very kind.


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 03, 2021:

Hi Linda! Glad you enjoyed the poems. I hope you have a great weekend too.

Happy Easter!


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 03, 2021:

Thank you, Jo. I appreciate your comments. I don't know that quote from Gone with the Wind as I've never seen the film and I don't know the story. So thanks for the education; it fitted this perfectly!


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 03, 2021:

Thank you, Pamela. Good to see you.

Happy Easter to you also.


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 03, 2021:

Thank you, Ravi, for your kind words.


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 03, 2021:

Thank you, Misbah. I'm glad you enjoyed this and I appreciate your kind words.

Happy Easter to you too.


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 03, 2021:

Thank you, Brenda. I shall be with my almost 6 year old granddaughter on Monday (her actual birthday), along with her 3 other siblings, which is great after missing so many other birthdays during lockdown. They're all wrapped up and waiting at her house as I took them up at the weekend just in case something stopped me going. You never know at the moment!

I appreciate your kind comments. Thanks for the prompts. They seem to get quite a few of us thinking. It's a while since I did a challenge so I might cook up something soon.


Amara from Pakistan on April 03, 2021:

Ann, I enjoyed both of your poems, beautifully written, optimistic, and conveying good messeges.. Have a good day, and a wonderful tomorrow..

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on April 03, 2021:

Lovely poems, both full of sweet optimism and promise. Hope and tomorrow are inseparable, don't you think. The future always holds a choice, a change, a new beginning. I hope you have a lovely weekend.

Happy Easter!

Jo Alexis-Hagues from Lincolnshire, U.K on April 03, 2021:

According to Scarlett, '...after all, there's always tomorrow,' but tomorrow is gone with the wind, all we have is Now. I thoroughly enjoyed the read, especially the poems. Nice work.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 03, 2021:

Yes, Peggy, we're fine thank you.


Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on April 03, 2021:

These two poems are awesome, and I love what you wrote on each topic. The rainbow is a great symbol for hope.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts and your poems, Ann.

Happy Easter!

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on April 03, 2021:

Wonderful poems Ann.I especially like the multiple shades of tomorrow that you were able to bring in your brilliant piece. Thanks for sharing.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on April 03, 2021:

Ann! It's superb. I enjoyed both poems. Nice response to Brenda's Prompts

Tomorrow and hope surely are interlinked. You did a splendid work. Super Bravo. I love it. The cake in the end looks lovely. God bless you and your family always. Amen!

Happy Easter

Blessings and love

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on April 03, 2021:


I really enjoyed reading this one.

Tomorrow is definitely one of those days we can't quite put our finger on.

Our best laid plans can go up in smoke. No one knows what tomorrow will bring.

I like this part:

Hope has to be based on reality rather than wishing on a star.

It is true that we sometimes hope for the wrong things and it does seem easier having that hope for others.

But yet, hope is what gets us through the day to reach tomorrow.

I like your upbeat poem on tomorrow. Sometimes it seems like tomorrow has lost its way.

We really never know what tomorrow might bring so we should make certain to make someone smile.

Your poem on hope is so cute.

It does make it hard to hope if nothing comes your way.

The part about it being worth the wait if we can keep up the nerve is usually just how we feel.

We want to rush our hopes into reality.

It is sometimes hard to wait.

Having patience is not one of my strong suits when it comes to hopes & dreams.

Thanks for this wonderful read.

I will post this link on the articles.

I hope she likes the presents and that unique Birthday cake.

Have a great day & Happy Easter.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 03, 2021:

Hi Ann,

It is lovely here also, and my husband and I can both relate to being a little achy from our gardening yesterday. We have more planned for today.

We are well, thanks! I hope the same for you.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 03, 2021:

Hello Peggy! Thanks for popping up first on my doorstep and for your lovely comments.

I'm glad you liked these. The two words kind of go together, don't they?!

It's a lovely sunny day here and I've been in the garden - feeling invigorated if a little achy!

Hope you're safe and well.


Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 03, 2021:

I loved your poems about the words tomorrow and hope. The way you intertwined hope with tomorrow is brilliant. We may never know what tomorrow may bring, or even later today, for that matter, but hope keeps us motivated.

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