• advent journal: ellipses

    by  • December 22, 2017 • advent journal, hope • 8 Comments


    I am fighting hard to hope . . .
    Well—now I’m staring at the page
    hoping to find a different verb.
    I’m not looking for a fight.
    why let my word choice turn
    to violence over things that matter?

    I am fighting hard to hope . . .
    maybe the problem has more to do
    with the subject of the sentence.
    hope only happens in concert:
    the shepherds flocked together,
    and the angels had a choir.

    I’m fighting hard to hope . . .
    I keep typing those words thinking
    they will take a different turn—
    I would like not to fight.
    I’ll struggle (that’s different, right)
    or wrestle or wonder or wait . . .

    I look at the page and see a
    series of ellipses: “a trailing off
    of thought.” but I’m still here
    determined to remember
    I am not alone in the dark.
    I’m fighting hard to hope.



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    8 Responses to advent journal: ellipses

    1. Ann B Hammon
      December 22, 2017 at 10:07 pm

      I am hoping to hope…

    2. Kennywood
      December 22, 2017 at 10:15 pm

      All things being equal, I rather read you more than anyone else!

    3. Heather
      December 23, 2017 at 12:09 am

      Fighting with–and for–you, dear friend!

    4. Joy N
      December 23, 2017 at 1:20 am

      Ellipses are my favorite punctuation. Something to show for words that cannot be written…thoughts just beyond but there … in the future…

    5. Claud
      December 23, 2017 at 3:27 am

      You are not alone in the dark… hope.

    6. Dave
      December 23, 2017 at 5:34 am

      I like “struggling to hope”. It is often so difficult to hope in today’s Trump driven world.

    7. Margaret Dolbow
      December 23, 2017 at 7:46 am

      The country feels this. It is tough but we are resisting. Not struggling to resist, but we R E S I S T.
      Thank you for being with us every day.

    8. Phyllis Beno
      December 23, 2017 at 3:58 pm

      Know that feeling…hope in spite of or because of…you are not alone.

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