Hope prevails, not when
all things work in your
favor, but when the
I am sure
the long night
Written for this week’s Poetics at d’Verse, for which the theme is INVISIBLE.
Our host Merrill challenged us to write about the invisible. I chose to write about hope, an invisible force that keeps people alive during the harshest of conditions. I’ve been reading the book Where Is God When It Hurts, and I found there that many of the survivors of the Holocaust, many prisoners of war, and many patients dealing with long-term illnesses will tell you that what kept them going was hope: hope of release, hope of healing, hope of life after death. Others, when they lost hope, lost their will to live. I too can attest to the power of hope, for it brought me from the jaws of death when I was struggling with bipolar depression. And hope continues to keep me alive—not just alive, but thriving. Hope is invisible. It is not a wish, but an expectancy, waiting for something you know will happen, even though you don’t know when it will happen.
I chose to couch this week’s poem in a Diminishing Pentaverse. While I am waiting for hope to appear, my poem is slowly disappearing. It’s like I’m losing sight of the words I can see to gain sight of that which the eye cannot see.
A pentaverse is a 5-line poem with 5 syllables per line.
Therefore, the Diminishing Pentaverse begins with a stanza having 5 lines of 5 syllables, and decreases down to 1 line of 1 syllable.
Total length: 15 lines
Syllabic structure: 5-5-5-5-5, 4-4-4-4, 3-3-3, 2-2, 1
Note: There is also a Diminishing Hexaverse, which is 21 lines in length.
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