As these eyes close in prayer
Earnest and desperate, hopeful yet scared
Despair overcomes hope
And anger subjugates faith as I wonder
Where’s that spark that sought a miracle?
That blessing that shunned all gloom
And faith that defeated all frustration
Why do these eyes now foresee –
Some unending dark, some unspeakable pain
As that erstwhile ray of meek hope within
Tries in vain, to surge, to overflow
To say ‘all is well’
But sinks somewhere deep unknown
Where no desires reach, no touch succeeds
And the soul left alone to tend
Clean the filth and soothe the pain
Whither that courage, where that strength
That had the might of a proud mountain
Struggle, learn and face the fight
With that mighty weapon, that stark warrior called hope.

This poem is part of the Poetry Book 22 Poems You Should Read About Love and Life

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Preeti Govada is a freelance writer and poet. Born and brought up in Hyderabad, she’s done her MBA in Human relations and currently resides at Mumbai with her husband and son. She’s currently working on her upcoming book which is a collection of short stories. She loves observing people around her and integrating their experiences into her short stories and poetry. Besides dabbling at cooking, she enjoys travelling, browsing the internet, reading and spending time with her family. If you’d like to connect with her, you can email her at preetivandanamba@yahoo.co.in.
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Preeti, you’ve summed it up so well – will we ever stop hoping and isn’t this universal however big or small we may be in our society? Hope will never cease.

kwai chee low

Beautiful poem; insightful, deep and profound. It may not be possible to write such a piece without experiencing it firsthand!


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