• Karen L Higgins

Teetering on the Edge of Hope

The tiptoe into spring has begun.

Yes, the trees are still bare,

the rains drizzle on

and cold winds seep into my bones.

Yet even so

if I open my eyes and ears

I see bushes giving birth to tiny buds,

hear the croak of a sleepy frog,

listen to the song of a travel-weary robin.

And the earth bears hope again.



Hope is familiar,

and yet extraordinary.

It is the thing that makes work worth doing,

life worth living,

filling my hours with purpose.

From hope to hope

I live my days.

It is my very heartbeat.



Except for when it's not.

When the things I've hoped for

don't come to pass

again and again.

Hope

squashed,

splattered,

scorned.

When hoping seems fruitless,

pointless,

hopeless.

And maybe I give up

and turn to hope for something else,

and it fails me too.

My heart becomes sick

and weary

and shields itself with cynicism,



But then I watch

as a bird builds her nest.

Pine needle by pine needle,

hour by hour,

day by day.

Lining it with moss and feathers,

taking care that it is safe

and soft

for her hope.


And I remember

that there is a nest for me,

a place that is safe and soft

under the shadow of his wing.

There I find strength for today

and then peek out

at the bright hope of tomorrow

and forever

with the inventor

of faith, love and hope.

The God of all hope

who will never disappoint.



I dive in to hope

once again,

let it pulse through my mind,

and feed my heart,

opening doors of possibility

and purpose.



Hope is hard,

Hope can hurt.

Yet I choose hope,

because to live without it

isn't living at all.






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