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