Tuesday, 22 April 2014

where there is life – there is hope

as we neared the place 
where prayers  
were the last best hope,

the lines became so blurred  
it was hard to tell 
the deserts from the seas . . .

the first warnings  
of global warming:  a far off, 
far-fetched distant memory

and then, a miracle happened:  
one by one humanity 
stopped poisoning

the planet that they shared,
for slowly, it became terrifyingly clear –  
all hope was lost

without a world 
that could support . . . 

“While there’s life, there’s hope.” Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman Philosopher 106 BC–43 BC. 

“Where there's hope, there's life.” Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl, 1947.

note:  the prompt from Poetry Jam this week was “Deserts” – physical deserts and metaphorical deserts. 

photo:  Sea Water – W. Bourke

 © 2014 Wendy Bourke  


  1. "where prayers
    were the last best hope,"....love the lines..

  2. A tragedy - a point of no return unless all are acting in concert! As it is the whole planet is choking slowly! Nicely Wendy!

  3. luv this poem; AND its perfect for my Earth Day meme which is still open; you can link in HERE

    much love...

  4. Such a timely piece, Wendy. Getting everyone to act together to solve this mess we've gotten ourselves into is so very monumental ... I do pray that we can address global warming before it IS too late ...

  5. Powerful poem & such an important message.

  6. But hope needs action, too...

  7. I like the message here. The image of the similarity of sea and desert struck me. Thanks for posting.

  8. I really like that second stanza, and the title, of course!

  9. It lines become blurred, nicely written and a powerful message.

  10. "it was hard to tell the deserts from the seas" This stuck in my mind, how alike they are... maybe I'll go adjust my poem...
    Thanks for sharing!

  11. what a beautiful turn that would be...to actually make the changes we needed to sustain life on our planet and actually care about its well being...i can hope, that is for sure...smiles.

  12. Hope is not enough...you have to do something!

  13. I really hope you are right in this poem. Beautifully written!

  14. A strong start and a strong ending (as always!). Enjoyable read with a good message.

  15. You have written a cautionary tale here, Wendy. Lots to think about.