Bereft Of Hope

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If you feel bereft of hope

In view of those who lead

Not by honor

But deceit;

Hold on to the voice of people

Rising

To relieve

Those who cherish false and greed

From the path of harm

They have conceived.

Be strong

Even as you are now

Understandably

Bereaved.

For there will be better days

Ahead

Where heart

Over current swamp,

Succeeds.

 

 

Merriam-Webster’s word for August 5, 2018:

Bereft

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Rawson Rise

Rawson Lake Photo by Jack Ng

Rawson Lake; photo: Jack Ng

 

It was their last day by the lake. The weather was perfect and the air was so crisp it squeaked. She inhaled deeply, savoring every moment. By that time tomorrow she’d be stuck in rush-hour traffic.

“See?” he pointed. “Even wood can’t keep its head above water at some point.”

She snuck a hand into his and squeezed. She wished she could give him sips of this place during what was to come. She wished she could tell him this round wouldn’t be as difficult as the ones before. That this one would work. She didn’t know if to hope or fear it being the last. It shattered her that she no longer knew what he hoped for.

She gathered the light around her, kissed his baldness, and rose to stand.

“For now, my love, let’s float.”

 

 

For What Pegman Saw: Rawson Lake Canada

 

Tempestuous Times

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“These are tempestuous times,” she said

And her strong hands wrung the laundered sheets

To squeeze out suds

As she would want

To push out infiltrated evil.

“I’ve seen hardship before,” she stirred

The linens

In the boiling vat,

Simmering the despair

Till it foamed and evaporated

Into bleached hope.

“Wrong does not last,” she rinsed

And wrung

And shook

And hung

The wash

Till it fluttered

Free

To dry,

Only the barest of stains

Still visible

In the sun.

 

Merriam-Webster’s word for July 30, 2018:

Tempestuous

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Behemoth

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The sheer size of injustice

May derail many a

Courage,

But the sure footed will know

There’s much room to

Encourage,

For heft can usurp power

But does not need mean

Might,

When the small but the many

Can prove stronger in a

Fight.

 

Merriam-Webster’s word for July 25, 2018:

Behemoth

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Languid Lull

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Photo: Dvora Freedman

 

In the endless, languid days of summer

When hubris and humidity nixes

Facts and kindness

Into haze,

Lays the promise of a fall soon coming

Where saner, cooler heads

May well usher in

Better days.

 

Merriam-Webster’s word for July 24, 2018:

Languid

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Festinate Hope

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May justice make haste

To reclaim what once graced

But has since been debased

By a swamp that laid waste

And all ethics replaced.

May the truth festinate

Removal of greed and hate

To restore facts misplaced

By those who greatness erased.

 

 

Merriam-Webster’s word for July 22, 2018:

Festinate

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Benevolent Hope

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In a world

Where tyrants gobble power

By cruel dominance,

There whispers also

The small voice

Of kind-souled cognizance.

With hands that hold the weak

And hearts that see

The sorrow,

They will become the light by which

We’ll write a new tomorrow.

 

 

Merriam-Webster’s word for July 10, 2018:

Benevolent

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Pyrotechnical Prayer

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May you light the sky

With color

Not with pain.

May you fill all hearts

With freedom

Not disdain.

May the booms resound

Within

To offer hope.

As the boons of

Independence

Widen scope.

 

 

Merriam-Webster’s word for July 4, 2018:

Pyrotechnics

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Regardless

 

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Photo: Dvora Freedman

 

Despite it all, she knew

It was not meant to be this way,

Bereft of tether.

Despite it all, she understood

Wrong won’t hold sway

Forever.

So despite it all, she prayed

Easier breaths will soon be drawn

Together.

 

 

 

 

Merriam-Webster’s word for July 3, 2018:

Regardless

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Solstice Supplication

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Light stretches

On this day

To hold a hope

For those beset

By darkness.

May golden rays

Wrap hugs

Around the tears

At a world’s

Tipping point.