Hope: A Practicum

I know we’ve seen worse and I know
practice makes perfect
but I’m all for not repeating past mistakes
just because we know that dance
we have those steps memorized
and the barren road away from rote is paved with
what you intended

It feels false to write about hope in times like these
but if there isn’t hope, there’s nothing, and we can’t
have nothing.
we won’t.

I know women whose blood rushes steel
from heart to brain and back, whose mouths sing love defiant, who wear
their signs through the streets or who protest
every day
along those same streets
simply by
walking

I have friends full of fire
Sure some burn lower than others
but we each flare bright, in our way,
and I dare you
to put us under a basket

we’ll sear right through

and they might say
they couldn’t see us
or maybe they didn’t intend
our upset

Still

we can break old habits
pave new roads
because we know love, not fear, by rote
and I expect they’ll know us
soon.

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photo courtesy Gratisography
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9 thoughts on “Hope: A Practicum

  1. Oh my god. “Women…who protest every day/ along those same streets/ simply by/ walking.” Thank you so so much for that line. It’s powerful and true and gorgeous, and exactly what I needed to hear tonight.

  2. Laura, this is so spot on right now. There were far too many standout moments in this poem. And even if there is darkness, the message of hope still comes through however dimly.

  3. I love this, Laura! Here is my favorite stanza: It feels false to write about hope in times like these
    but if there isn’t hope, there’s nothing, and we can’t
    have nothing.
    we won’t.

    We have to have hope.

  4. Really smart and effective line breaks throughout, and you’ve achieved a very strong voice in the poem despite the acknowledgements of reality (Sure some burn lower than others).

  5. I love this! I don’t know that much about how poetry works, but I really like the heavy, complicated feel in the first stanzas that flows down to a simple beautiful message.

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