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Dare I Hope? - Poem by Sophia White

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?


Comments about Dare I Hope? by Sophia White

  • Veteran Poet - 1,344 Points Earnest Gatuma (11/7/2016 3:08:00 PM)

    Brilliantly examined! I love this poem...... (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie 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

  • Rookie 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

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Poems About Hope

  1. 1. Hope Is The Thing With Feathers , Emily Dickinson
  2. 2. The Hope Of My Heart , John McCrae
  3. 3. To Hope , John Keats
  4. 4. Hope , Emily Jane Brontë
  5. 5. Evelyn Hope , Robert Browning
  6. 6. Hope , Randall Jarrell
  7. 7. Hope Your Happy , Jessica Anonymous
  8. 8. Hope Is A Tattered Flag , Carl Sandburg
  9. 9. Hope Holds To Christ , Gerard Manley Hopkins
  10. 10. The Instinct Of Hope , John Clare
  11. 11. Work Without Hope , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  12. 12. Dare I Hope? , Sophia White
  13. 13. Since Thou Hast Given Me This Good Hope,.. , Robert Louis Stevenson
  14. 14. Love Without Hope , Robert Graves
  15. 15. Bird Of Hope , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  16. 16. Oh, They Have Robbed Me Of The Hope , Anne Brontë
  17. 17. Now Let No Charitable Hope , Elinor Morton Wylie
  18. 18. Song Of Hope , Thomas Hardy
  19. 19. Sonnets 12: Cherish You Then The Hope I .. , Edna St. Vincent Millay
  20. 20. Hope Is Not Lost , Jessica Millsaps
  21. 21. Hope , Friedrich Schiller
  22. 22. Hope Dieth: Hope Liveth , William Morris
  23. 23. Hope (Just A Thought) , .Pd. is here
  24. 24. Hope , ice johnson
  25. 25. The Pleasures Of Hope (Excerpt) , Thomas Campbell
  26. 26. Enjoy Hope , Sandra Osborne
  27. 27. The Hope Of The Resurrection , Vachel Lindsay
  28. 28. When Hope But Made Tranquillity Be Felt .. , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  29. 29. Sonnet Xvi: Delusive Hope , Mary Darby Robinson
  30. 30. One Must Have Hope , Vega Destiny Star
  31. 31. Hope For The Future , Joseph T. Renaldi
  32. 32. Hope , Anne Kingsmill Finch
  33. 33. Lively Hope And Gracious Fear , William Cowper
  34. 34. Sonnet Xxv: False Hope Prolongs , Samuel Daniel
  35. 35. Hope Deferred , Robert Fuller Murray
  36. 36. Hope. , Krantol Northic
  37. 37. Lamentations Of Jeremiah Iii: Hope Of Re.. , Prophet Jeremiah
  38. 38. I Hope , Sara Magana
  39. 39. Hope , jodi right
  40. 40. 0431 You Couldn'T Make It Up... I Hope... , Michael Shepherd
  41. 41. Hope , suchul Jin
  42. 42. A Pastoral Ballad Ii: Hope , William Shenstone
  43. 43. Hope On , Charles Harpur
  44. 44. To Hope , LLM Mbatha
  45. 45. 0022 A Dickinsonian Ode To Hope , Michael Shepherd
  46. 46. Had I Presumed To Hope , Emily Dickinson
  47. 47. Don'T Give Up Hope , Sylvia Chidi
  48. 48. Hope , Flora A. Parham
  49. 49. All Hope , Bill Smith
  50. 50. Hope , David Darbyshire
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