Hope

Once upon a glimmer,
hope lived.
Moonbeam wisps
and dandelion puffs.
Dew drops on lily pads
and snowflake glisten
on frosted pane.
We watched.
We loved.
We waited.
Hope glimmered
in our evening prayers.

Ali - Dandelion

I’m hosting Tuesday Poetics at dVerse today, the virtual pub for poets. The prompt is to begin a poem with Once upon a ????? Β Β Writers may add any word except “time.” Β So I’ve chosen Once upon a glimmer. Pub opens at 3 PM Boston time. Come join us!

62 thoughts on “Hope

    • lillian October 30, 2018 / 3:10 pm

      Thank you, my friend. LOTS of room at the pub for lots of Once Upon a Whatevers! πŸ™‚

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    • lillian October 30, 2018 / 3:10 pm

      Yep. Sometimes we just have to look a little closer to find it! πŸ™‚

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    • lillian October 30, 2018 / 3:38 pm

      Thank you, Sarah! Glad you enjoyed.

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  1. sdtp33 October 30, 2018 / 4:00 pm

    lovely piece, very restful…with a few of your favourite things !

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    • lillian October 30, 2018 / 6:53 pm

      Ah….it’s a fictitious speaker….my voice for another’s. And yes….I think we all wait for a bit of hope!

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  2. Glenn Buttkus October 30, 2018 / 4:32 pm

    I have a sense she is still waiting as well, but you give us a glimpse of the elusive mysterious hope that can spring up from the darndest places.They say it springs eternal from the human breast. Mid-term elections are a week away, and I am brimming with hope.

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    • lillian October 30, 2018 / 6:54 pm

      You’ve hit the nail on the head. I think I will be so very disheartened if the midterm elections don’t create a shift in the House at the very least. Surely there is not that much apathy, hatred, racism, and “nationalism” in our country?

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    • lillian October 30, 2018 / 6:55 pm

      I think it is there for so many in their prayers….whatever the trials and tribulations they are facing.

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  3. Gina October 30, 2018 / 6:13 pm

    i love once upon anything, it just gets me so excited but as V.J says this is so hard to follow up next with, it is so magical and hope is something no one can ever resist. once upon a glimmer is just so precious.

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    • lillian October 30, 2018 / 6:56 pm

      Thank you Gina, for your very kind words here! Much appreciated! πŸ™‚

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    • lillian October 30, 2018 / 6:56 pm

      Ah….I’ve always loved alliteration! πŸ™‚ Many thanks. Glad you enjoyed!

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  4. Maggie C October 30, 2018 / 8:18 pm

    Sounds hopeful, but it’s in past tense. I hope the prayers were answered.

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  5. Truedessa October 30, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    I think hope can once again glimmer, it’s always there waiting to surface. These images are especially captivating to read.

    Moonbeam wisps
    and dandelion puffs.

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    • lillian October 31, 2018 / 8:54 am

      Thank you, Truedessa. So glad you enjoyed!

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  6. Pat: willow88switches October 30, 2018 / 9:57 pm

    I was one the exact same wavelength earlier today, not long after the prompt came up – felt like writing “upon a wisping” … thinking of dandelion wishes and starlight, moonbeams etc. But I didn’t. Went somewhere else – so I’m so pleased to come to your poem and just savour the delight of it …. wishing, waiting …. and well, damn politics. I’m beyond bone weary, so I’m just going to take this poem at face value, and let it charm, soothe and channel my inner child who is …. tired …. and a bit too world weary …

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    • lillian October 31, 2018 / 8:55 am

      Ah…..soothing….sometimes we need poems and words and hugs that do that! πŸ™‚ Glad you enjoyed, Pat. And let’s hope that glimmer of hope blossoms in the midterm elections!

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      • Pat: willow88switches October 31, 2018 / 10:12 am

        as it will, I hope …. I’m sure it will be excruciating for many to wait for it … when the moment comes, whenever it will be, and the “reign of Trump Terror” ends … I wonder how bittersweet the relief will be. How does one clean up after an apocalypse?

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  7. kim881 October 31, 2018 / 3:12 am

    Hope sparkles in this little gem of a ‘once upon a…’ , Lill! I love the delicate whimsy of moonbeam wisps and dandelion puffs.

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    • lillian October 31, 2018 / 8:56 am

      Thanks, Kim. Once I wrote the prompt, that Once up a glimmer just stuck with me. πŸ™‚

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  8. merrildsmith October 31, 2018 / 7:49 am

    Lovely, lovely, Lillian! I love the moonbeam wisps and dandelion puffs–and hope.

    How weird that we both picked “glimmer!” I wouldn’t think it would be a typical word to follow Upon Upon a. . . I’m just reading yours now, so I didn’t have a clue you’d also used it.

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    • lillian October 31, 2018 / 8:57 am

      Slippery fingers….I get the all the time! I knew what you meant. πŸ™‚

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  9. lynn__ October 31, 2018 / 9:17 am

    Lovely and fragile, Lillian. May hope still glimmer in evening/morning prayers.

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    • lillian October 31, 2018 / 4:53 pm

      Thank you for the kind words, Lynn. Glad you enjoyed it.

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  10. Adda October 31, 2018 / 10:36 am

    Amen

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    • lillian October 31, 2018 / 4:54 pm

      What is that old stock phrase? Hope lies eternal in the human breast?

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      • Adda November 1, 2018 / 8:00 pm

        Hope springs eternal in the human breast. Beautiful!

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    • lillian October 31, 2018 / 4:54 pm

      Good to see you here again! πŸ™‚ Glad you enjoyed.

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    • lillian October 31, 2018 / 4:54 pm

      Thank you, Mary. I firmly believe hope is an essential ingredient of life. πŸ™‚

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    • lillian October 31, 2018 / 4:55 pm

      Glad you enjoyed. My daughter says I am the original Pollyanna! πŸ™‚

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  11. mhmp77 October 31, 2018 / 12:45 pm

    kaykuala

    Hope glimmered
    in our evening prayers.

    Hope will always glisten and shine to offer a hand which otherwise be denied to those longing for salvation!

    Hank

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    • lillian October 31, 2018 / 4:55 pm

      Amen……..and in our morning prayers too as someone else pointed out.

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  12. peterfrankiswrites October 31, 2018 / 8:57 pm

    Fine verse. Maybe one day (soon perhaps) the glimmering tenuous hope may become a river or an ocean once again.

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  13. Imelda November 1, 2018 / 11:06 pm

    Charming images here. πŸ™‚

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  14. Just Barry November 3, 2018 / 4:18 am

    Once upon a delicate glimmer, indeed. Love the fragility and strength of this.

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  15. annell4 November 3, 2018 / 11:58 am

    Lillian I enjoyed reading your poem. Thank you, “We watched, We loved We waited.”

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  16. Frank J. Tassone November 3, 2018 / 6:34 pm

    There’s something almost faerie-like in this verse, a sense of the sublime that we can almost touch, but not quite! Beautiful and evocative!

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