Friday, March 18, 2011

Hope Upon Hope

The earth solid, the day before.
Kiss goodbye and see you soon.
Off to school, stores, work, play.

The earth shakes and fear descends.
Waters swirl, smoke arises, buildings fall
Independence washed away in a moment.

Fear, uncertainty, disbelief, horror, shock, grief
Daddies die, mothers mourn, children wail
Life as they knew is changed.

So many dreams gone, dimmed, hidden
In the twisted rubble, churning waters
But hope is there, glowing gently.

Hope is to expect with confidence.
To cherish a desire with anticipation.
Await, hope for, watch for, expect.

Who are they watching out for?
           Watching for you, watching for me
What are they expecting will arrive?
          Expecting compassion, food, water, shelter, warmth
Where will this all flow from?
          Flowing from the land of plenty.

Yes the earth shook, waters raged.
But it's borders disappeared, melted together.
For today we're all one race.

The human race, with faces unique
Hearts beating strong, souls still stirring
We reach out and embrace Japan.

Hope... upon hope... upon hope....fulfilled.

Inspired by:  Making Things Up,~ word of the week was "hope".
                   Six Word Fridays

Shared on: Poetry Potluck


  1. " We reach out and embrace Japan"-we are all connected .....hope...all it takes is healing.

  2. I emphasized our connection as well. I am always reminded that we live on one planet when devastation happens somewhere else. Maybe that is one of the benefits of the media. Now if we could just find a way to think of them as our brothers even in the good times...

    Poignant poem.

  3. "Yes the earth shook, waters raged.
    But it's borders disappeared, melted together.
    For today we're all one race."

    LOVE this paragraph. So true. Things like this, tragic as they are, make us show up for one another and forget about our differences.

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  5. "Borders disappeared" love this!

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  7. Great poem. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  8. Such a sad time! Beautifully written! I’m a new follower!! I would love for you to stop and take a look at my blog as well! Thanks!

  9. Kristi,

    I love this quote from your beautiful poem: "...For today we're all one race. The human race..."

    Wouldn't it be nice if we could think that way every day and not just when disaster strikes?

    Your concrete images make this poem very visual and in the moment. I felt as though I were floating above the scene and watching as this unthinkable tragedy unfolded


    Namaste..........cj Schlottman

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  10. Such a beautiful post. You are right, we are all one, a human race, all the same. We all suffer, we all grieve, we all live.

    Have a lovely weekend, CJ xx

  11. I see the tragedy happen in your words.
    well penned.


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  12. What a beautiful post.

    Thanks for coming by GG2Life. I'm following you now.

  13. But it's borders disappeared, melted together. yes! I too wish that we had more blurred boundaries in times of peace and plenty, but am heartened to see people rally in times of tragedy.
    A lovely poem.

  14. "The human race, with faces unique
    Hearts beating strong, souls still stirring"

    Yes. Humanity billions of faces, but the hearts and souls beat in unison.

  15. People are waiting, even now, watching.
    Now? We must bring the hope.

  16. Hope upon hope coupled with action
    can heal the woulded human race.

    A beautiful six word friday post.

  17. The human race. Come together, amazing!

  18. Beautiful poem - you've managed to put something into words that is incredibly hard to express!

    I just stopped by from the Friday Blog Hop, and I’m now following you. I hope you’ll visit my blog sometime too! Have a lovely weekend.
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

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  20. "Hearts beating strong, souls stirring" - that is hope indeed!

  21. remarkable words..magical flow.
    keep it up.

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  22. Hope flames eternal within,
    it is time for us to begin,
    giving from our hearts all,
    tearing down the remaining walls,
    burying dreams that were washed away, rebuilding dreams of a better day.


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