The Awkward, Gangly Form of Hope

Hope is a teenager
who never learned to be cool,
or how to slouch with feigned indifference
against the lockers of my heart.

Instead, it drops its books
and stumbles into strangers --
pushes its glasses into place,
and proceeds to class despite all odds.

The popular kids may pass with derisive stares,
with skin-deep beauty that cannot hide their fear.
Hope just keeps gaffing its way along,
unfashionable, clumsy, embarrassingly authentic.

© Carol Steinel 2007

Posted byPortlyDyke at 8:36 PM  


pidomon said... November 11, 2008 at 6:10 PM  

you have no idea how much I needed to read that right now
thank you

Beppie said... November 11, 2008 at 7:46 PM  

I love it!

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