Hope is a Ghost


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Hope is a Ghost

Her august leaf blushed first

among a sea of green.


Flitting about shrinking margins,

Hope craved seasonal embraces

that won’t come.


In her rosy bliss,

buffeted by autumn winds,

she was but the first to fall.


She’ll never know

her lover has moved on.

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Written for dVerse’s Quadrille #42, a poem of hope, hosted by De Jackson (Whimsy Gizmo). Other’s have contributed more hopeful poems here. Sadly, I’m pretty depressed, so it’s difficult to keep hope alive these days.



34 thoughts on “Hope is a Ghost

  1. Barry, This is strongly felt; admire the double meaning of the shrinking margins, and, well, this entire poem holds together so remarkably well. We all hold on. By the way, love that you included the Isley Brothers – too long since I’ve listened to this one.

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    • I like that you see a love affair ending here. That was not my true intent, though I did try to lean into the abstract a bit so that the palpable despair could be read many ways. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts.


  2. I always find it sad to see summer ending…but then trees burst into joyful colors and there is a new reason to have hope and be joyful in a cacophony of color. But you’ve given me reason to pause here, with that first autumn leaf to fall….that must leave the joyous colorful riotous others who hang on and celebrate still. That first leaf that must leave the group and fall to the ground, to lie and lose its margins and shrivel in the autumn sun, to dry and brown. As you can tell, I am deeply enamored with your writing here! 🙂

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  3. The image in your first stanza would pair with a photo I just took a couple weeks ago. It was so very odd that one red leaf stood out in a whole tree of green leaves.
    I like the use of “shrinking margins” and the personification of hope.
    Wishing you sunnier days, Barry.

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