Sophia White

('90 / America)

Dare I Hope?


Dare I hope to hope?
Is it safe? Is it right?
Am I hoping for nothing
But a black and empty night?

Hope should make me happy.
I should laugh, sing, and dance
Because I am hoping. Right?
Ha! Not a chance.

How is it that hope can leave me
Trembling in the darkness?
How is it that something so “good”
Should leave me feeling helpless?

Dare I hope to hope?
What difference does it make?
Fate will be fate in the end,
It will either “make or break.”

Does Fate regard my hope?
Does She listen? Or care?
Am I shooting for a star that
Simply isn’t there?

I cannot know! Oh, God
Why must I struggle with
This doubt that pulls at me
Rends me, limb from limb?

What sort of hope leaves pain
Where it should instead leave joy?
Is this hope at all? Or perhaps
Some wicked demon’s ploy?

I cannot know! Dear heaven!
How can I even begin to dare
To hope for something – anything?
Is no assurance there?

No promise? No guarantee?
I cannot stand it! I cannot!
The doubt is a plague
In my every thought.

Dare I hope to hope
In a hope that leaves me dry
And lost? How can I dare
To hope in hope? How can I?

Submitted: Monday, March 06, 2006

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  • purple moon (6/18/2007 8:37:00 AM)

    well done, this is a brilliant poem. we all know this feeling the world over don't we, but hope is what sees us through to the end, and in any situation if we look hard enough we see that light at the end of the tunnel, i hope you did. x (Report) Reply

  • Isabella Anonymous (4/10/2007 1:36:00 PM)

    dear sophie, well done...at the state of mind that i am in, this sure hits the nail on the head, i love it...hope to see some more good stuff.. (Report) Reply

  • Lesa K (7/20/2006 11:18:00 AM)

    A line from one of my most favorite songs is this: : : 'God have mercy on the man who doubts what he's sure of.' Hope is like that... something we believe in and our true carrier faith, but at times we doubt what we most hope for. We all feel this way from time to time and all seems so bleak. At those times, I try to renew my hope... and remember the reason why I asked God for hope in the first place. Well done, Sophia. I love your poems. (Report) Reply

  • Matt Lhee (6/4/2006 9:32:00 PM)

    Dude this poem is intense im 15 and i think this has actually done somethin for me.....normally im like poetry...ehhh...but this is awsome! (Report) Reply

  • Lavaughn Jackson (5/6/2006 2:10:00 PM)

    Your poem made me feel better- knowing I'm not alone in doubting the benifits of hoping. I've been pondering -hope- for a while now. There is a great sense of relief when I entertain the concept of hope. When reality knocks on my mind I feel hopeless all over again so what's the point in hoping when reality stands bold in your face. (Report) Reply

  • Quia Taylor (3/6/2006 6:59:00 PM)

    that is so true. i actually became in contact with yourr words. And it fully justifies your point. excellent! ! (Report) Reply

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