Monday, June 28, 2010

Hope Keeps Me Alive


The Eejit’s Poetry Bus hits the road again. We were told by our Bus driver, Don’t Feed the Pixies, to go somewhere and look at signs. Let the sign spark the lines. So I went somewhere and looked at a sign.


Okay, I went into my own front yard and looked at a garden sign I made last year. Call me unadventurous. People who went more interesting places can be found here.

I have a BIG thing about HOPE. Maybe that’s because I’m a three-time suicide survivor. Four, if you count the night I drove drunkenly and fast along the whole winding length of Malibu Canyon, daring God to make me wreck. I take the survival part as a SIGN that I should keep on living.

Here’s my poem about HOPE.

The Life Cycle in Four-Letter Words


HOPE!
LOVE!
LOSE…
PAIN!
WEEP.

SIGH…
PRAY.
HOPE!
LIVE.
LOVE!


All right. It’s never going to make it into an anthology. We can't be brilliant all the time.

20 comments:

Alan Burnett said...

It looks OK to me - and it says all of the right things.

Rachel Fox said...

Of course it's the intro that fascinates those of us who hardly know you. My Dad killed himself (successfully) when I was a kid...and so, like it or not, I can never help but be interested in the subject.
Love indeed.
x

Dave King said...

I go with Alan, but your comment at the bottom does the old heart good all the same. There's hope for us all.
And as for the poem, the more you read it, the more it works, become a mantra almost.

Brian Miller said...

oh but brilliant it is...simple can speak volumes you know...

izzy said...

It took me a while to work on my piece about signs- (But I have not figured out about links.)
Hopefully my stopping here will
allow for a connection.
I like Hope !

e said...

Hi Chris,

Alan's right, and I think any who make it into recovery have a right to hope, live and love. I like that sign, too!

The Bug said...

Hope is such an important part of a QUALITY life - I like this poem that emphasized that it really does exist.

Georgina Dollface said...

I like your poem! I think it would make a pretty cool bookmark too.
I'm curious about your garden sign. What is is made out of? It makes me want to run my hand over my computer screen and feel the bumps and ridges in the letters. - G

Niamh B said...

Brian's right simple can speak volumes, I found it interesting and hopeful

Monkey Man said...

I like to place faith in the mix. Always love your work.

Totalfeckineejit said...

Dave hit the nail on the head, mantra.Keep it close. We can live without people, without money, without a home, almost without anything (hard as all those things are) but the one thing we cannot live without is HOPE.I love your garden sign and I wish you overwhelming HOPE.

Don't Feed The Pixies said...

OK so what exactly is wrong here? Nothing, that's what - i loved the simplicity of the pome. Very effective

jinksy said...

Hope is one of the best signposts to follow! :)

TechnoBabe said...

You do make a point though. And hope is what keeps many of us alive.

Dianne said...

oh I really need hope right now, my writing prompt this ( )insert time interval, is strength.

thanks,Di

word verification, half-exercise:
exerh.........

Hope said...

Ever since I surrendered my life to God hope has been my favourite word. I like your sign.

Magpie said...

We must live before we can love again. Very nice, Chris. I for one am glad you're still here and sharing your world with us.

Karen said...

Pray, hope, live, love. What could be better, Chris?
xoxoxo

Titus said...

I love the sign (what is that stuck on to make the letters - seeds?)
And I'm with Dave and TFE - it does have a manta-esque quality, and says all it needs to say. What more can you ask of a poem than that?

Syd said...

My friend who killed herself had lost hope, no longer believed in a Higher Power. I am glad that I have hope and haven't given up on life. Very simple but beautiful words.

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