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Prose - Hope Does Not Burn

Updated on October 10, 2011


What you saw
Made you afraid
What you felt
Was emptiness
What you assumed
Was wrong
Hope did not fuel the fire
Hope does not burn
Hope survives
As enslaved dreams
Suppressed by madness
Are born
With a shock
To those
Who ignored
The horror
And only lived
In their small minds
And when the green
And the words
And the dream
And the meadow
Emerge
You see the image
Of your inability
To imagine
The possibilities
Because
You have been taught
To doubt
To fear
To not know
Because
You only listened
To fools

All Rights Reserved. Copyright 2011. The Suburban Poet.

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      Xenonlit 5 years ago

      This is powerful and rich. I tweeted it in the hope that some folks will get the point!

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      The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Thank you Xenonlit - We had several bad wild fires recently in Austin, Texas. The day I posted this poem I had noticed a small patch of green growing where the fire had been and it told me something... then I thought of MLK and the shock of his incredible "I Have A Dream" speech and how the eloquence of the words must have stunned those who would consider a black man to be inferior. To me nature and man combined on that day to show me how hope does not burn. Or at least that is how it made me think.

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      great flow. Good message. Concise lines and good use of line breaks. Voted up. Awesome!

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      The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas

      @PDXKaraokeGuy - Thank you! You are very kind. I re-read my explanation of the poem that I wrote to Xenonlit and I had to laugh because it sounds so random but that is exactly what I thought. Weird but that's a Suburban Poet for you...

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      Apostle Jack 5 years ago from Atlanta Ga

      Well said and very inspirational. Keep the message going.

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      The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas

      @Apostle Jack - Sorry I missed your comment. Thank you very much... I almost forgot I wrote this thing...

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