I Am Hope

I Am Hope

I’ve raged at the angry sea
Watched the waves erase me
Bowed as the whip cracked
But never embraced the ground
Stormed the beach
Dodged every single bullet
Reached the summit
And have the scars to prove it
Cried in the emergency room
While life walked a knife edge
And in the delivery room
When something precious was lost
Limped along a busy road
While thunderheads boiled
Raced against time
But never thought of losing
Drank from the little cup
But kept the big one in sight
Shared in the screaming
Then raced to apologize
Marched as the cocktails flew
And never gave up my place in line
Spent much too long in darkness
Kept my light inside of me
So many mouths to feed
I’m not hungry today
Can’t remember not feeling tired
Two jobs are better than one
My hands damp with sweat
Always clasped together
I’m lost and the lid just closed
But a shoulder just arrived
There’s a great emptiness
It’s only temporary
Always alone even in company
Waiting for my equality
My armor is weary
Luckily my skin is thick
Coincidence my sarcastic companion
So, it’s off we go
Picking up the pieces
Time and time again

Author’s Note

If you enjoyed, I Am Hope, and would like to read more from the author, RJ Schwartz, you can find his complete works on The Creative Exiles Website here

The Gypsy Thread is a huge collection of his original work on the strange and unspoken

Ralph also writes on HubPages


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R J Schwartz

I write about everything and sometimes nothing at all. I'm fascinated by old things, rusty things, abandoned places, or anywhere that a secret might be unearthed. I'm passionate about history and many of my pieces are anchored in one concept of time or another. I've always been a writer, dating back to my youth, but the last decade has been a time of growth for me. I'm continually pushing the limitations of vocabulary, syntax, and descriptive phrasing.

2 thoughts on “I Am Hope

  • December 16, 2022 at 7:12 PM

    You endure through it all and are a survivor, Ralph. You are a good mentor, good friend, and an inspiration to me.

  • January 1, 2023 at 1:57 AM

    A well written poem from the heart as no one could make this up but these words clearly come from someone who as been to the other side. And with your 1,000 yard stare Ralph, I salute you.


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