Monday, October 9, 2017

Hold On, Pain Ends



wall art by Banksy


Hold On, Pain Ends

“Hope is patience with the lamp lit.”
--Tertullian

Does hope die
confronting adversity,
                   poor health,
                   overwhelming odds,
                   madness, chaos,
                   or evil?

                   No.
                  
                   Of course not.
               It is renewed
           with each sunrise,
                  every breath,
                  every heartbeat,
                  every smile,
                  every hug.

Hope conquers despair,
just as Spring dispatches Winter;

you can count on it.


Glenn Buttkus

Posted over at dVerse Poets Pub Q44

25 comments:

brudberg said...

I love this, and so true. Hope is to constantly see beyond today.

De said...

YES. Thankful for this truth.

Grace said...

I look forward to that Glenn, with my eyes on the upcoming sunset or sunrise ~

Anonymous said...

Well spoken Glenn. Change is gonna come.

Vivian Zems said...

Apart from love, hope is the next most magical gift- impervious to death.

Toni Spencer said...

This is lovely Glenn. Indeed, hope is constantly renewing itself. This puts me in mind of the Bible verses from Lamentations: 22The LORD'S loving kindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail. 23They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. 24"The LORD is my portion," says my soul, "Therefore I have hope in Him."… Yes, we can count on hope!

said...

I don't think hope dies. I think it takes naps.

Jane Dougherty said...

Hope is almost synonymous with faith—you either have it or you don't. I'm glad you do.

Kim Russell said...

Nice one, Glenn! Cool quote too. very comforting that hope doesn't die. I think it's something we pass on to those left behind. I love the lines:

'It is renewed
with each sunrise,
every breath,
every heartbeat,
every smile,
every hug.'

Frank Hubeny said...

Hope is worth counting on.

Marilyn B said...

Wonderfully hopeful!

indybev said...


What a beautifully positive write, Glenn. Uplifting and filled with the wellspring of hope.

Truedessa said...

I absolutely, love this poem of hope. Hope lives as long as we breathe.

Frank J. Tassone said...

You are another of Hope's witnesses! My money quote:

"It is renewed
           with each sunrise,
                  every breath,
                  every heartbeat,
                  every smile,
                  every hug."

Mark Walters said...

Hope overcomes grief as day overcomes the night. Very inspiring Glenn

Arcadia M said...

Such "hope" in this piece when there is so much despair going around. Well done.

Mish said...

So true. Hope can be brought to life through our own hearts (and actions). Nature is a great mentor of hope.

Sabio Lantz said...


Good thing that contemporary iconoclasm has not reached the Early Christian Church Fathers, or Tertullian (your quote), for his misogyny etc, would be banned too. His hope was only for his kind.

Upbeat poem, though. True, like the sunrise and Spring, even when hard times rule, hope can still return, even only with simple gestures.

lynn__ said...

LOVE IT, Glenn...this is HOPE-full!

lillianthehomepoet.wordpress.com said...

LOVE it all, Glenn....and most especially those last three lines! :) Late to the reading....again....as grandkids just left this morning after a three day stay with us. Their youthful energy keeps me young :) and hopeful too! :)

Alison H said...

I thought this was beautiful and I think it went well with the Banksy. I liked that you asked the question- Does hope die
confronting adversity,..

qbit said...

Well penned!

Anonymous said...

I like the last line!

Linda Kruschke said...

"Hope conquers despair,
just as Spring dispatches Winter."

So glad renewed hope can be counted on. Love the hopefulness of this poem. Despair is a liar when it says hope is dead.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I love this. Hope is constantly renewed. We couldnt live without it.