‘What are we human beings without hope’? (The Moon Sister by Lucinda Reilly)
I have always loved this poem by Emily Dickinson. I don’t know when I first read it but it comes into my mind so often at times of difficulty, and I know it inspired me when writing my own ‘hopeful poetry’. I keep asking Santa or the birthday fairy for a book of her poems, as yet it’s not arrived, but I will keep ‘Hoping’!
My week seems to have been full of reminders of hope. I was walking Jess around the park the other day, there was a cold bite to the air and the sun was shimmering and dancing through the trees, it was a perfect English winter morning, bright, fresh and crisp. The weather on its own would have been enough to lift my spirits had they needed lifting, but what was unexpected was the overwhelming sense of hope that filled my heart, as I came across these daffodils, snowdrops and crocuses working their way into the world.
Although they are out rather early and sadly may not live through any extremes of winter weather still to come, I was still amazed at the strong feelings they aroused within me. The hope of new life, of change, of a future yet to be. I carried that feeling with me all week and couldn’t help but turn it into a blog post.
The Snowdrop is, of course, a real symbol of Hope. It’s usually the first flower we see as we head towards spring and is always a reminder that the winter will end and our lives will be filled once again with a new warmth. Here is my Snowdrop poem.
As dark days of Winter, begin to abate
And the face of hope is not far away
First signs of Spring, begin to show
Small white heads, above the snow.
Reminding the heart, that dark times fade
And sadness for laughter, we can trade
As nature performs, a wonderful thing
The changing of seasons, from Winter to Spring.
The British troops fighting in the Crimean war christened the Snowdrop the ‘Flower of Consolation’. The bare earth became alive with flowers and their flagging spirits were so revived that they dug them up and brought them home to plant in their gardens.
Hope is something that no one can take away from us. As a verb, it can mean to “expect with confidence” or “to cherish a desire with anticipation.” I love the word ‘cherished’ it makes me feel all wrapped up and cozy and what could be better than to live our lives wrapped in hope. To live in a positive manner hoping for the best possible outcome in all that life throws our way.
I cannot imagine how those soldiers would have felt, yet even in the depths of despair and devastation, they found hope.
I’ll leave you with another of my poems and a quote which I read today.
Keep the hope!
Love Alison x