Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Hope


Hope stands-
shuffling feet
wringing hands
eyes pleading
wishing.

Elpida* stands-
feet firmly planted
hands outstretched
arms open wide
confident expectation.

*Elpida is the Greek word for hope. It is the confident expectation we have in Jesus.

Linking to One Shot and to Em's imperfect prose.



Blessings,
Linda

picture: Esperanza (hope) plant at my neighbor's house

25 comments:

Sandy said...

I love your poetry, Linda. Just love it.
Your new header photo is darling and
the Esperanza plant is beautiful.
Love & Prayers,
Sandy

deb said...

perfection...

and yes you were right, the phone call was a hard one.

emily wierenga said...

oh Linda... i love how you differentiate between the two... i think i've been clinging to the wrong one. today, i choose elpida. thank you. ((i miss you... is this possible, since i haven't met you? :)))

S. Etole said...

This is perfect ... just perfect. And I smiled when I saw your new banner. It reminds me of pillowcase dolls I used to make.

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

Beautiful Linda! I have never seen a 'hope' plant before... I love it. I have to take a look and see if they can grow around here! :)

Brian Miller said...

this Hope i stand in as well...nice play on words too...beautiful flower...

elizabeth said...

Love this so very much.
Thanks so much for your kind comment today Linda. Blessings to you "fellow grandma"!
Elizabeth
http://www.justfollowingjesus.com

moondustwriter said...

Great contrast between the frail hope and the hope offered by our Lord.

Thanks for sharing with One Shot

Would love to have you submit something to our competition which closes on Friday. Theme is Through a Child's Eyes

Moon Smiles

Anonymous said...

Two hopes - I like this, Linda!

Anonymous said...

pretty doll and patchwork. they look like an amish design.

Deidra said...

Ah! Yes. There is a difference. And "esperanza?" I wonder which one that is as I remember Camp Esperanza, established near the miners there beneath the ground.

ELK said...

it is all we have some days ~blessings

Anonymous said...

Very nice poem - I like the difference you point out - hope without belief doesn't go very far...

Jodi said...

Thank you, I love learning new words.

Shashi said...

Beautiful way to capture hope in various ways... I liked it... could relate to the first one like a child...


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Misty said...

yes! oh, i too think i've been clinging to the wrong kind of hope. that vapor thin kind has nothing on elpida! love love love this!

Kit said...

confident expectation...I need that today!
Thank you, Linda!

Carrie Burtt said...

Linda this is awesome...hope is such a blessed thing. :-)

Bev said...

love the difference that you capture...
i choose Elpida as well...on christ the solid rock i stand...
xo

tuberider said...

Nice contrast between the stanzas. I like that Greek word :)

life or something like it said...

Elpida...i think this is my new favorite word.

Maria said...

Hi Linda!
I love the use of another language to inspire writing! Elpida ~ beautiful
and your poem is wonderful.
We often stand before hope uncertain, but gain that confidence with an infusion of God's Grace ~
Linda, you inspire ~
*have a lovely, restful weekend*
~Maria
ps. I just love your new blog photo.
The doll and little quilt are so darling ♥

Kerri said...

Your poetry is beautiful, Linda. You have such a gift with words.
I also enjoyed reading V.A. and Daddy's Eyes this morning.
P.S. to the previous post. Isn't it wonderful having a husband who will do the dishes? I appreciate that so much :)

B. Meandering said...

I love how you showed us in words two types of hope and how much stronger the second one is.
I have not heard of such a plant, but I think it's beautiful.
Your poetry is inspiring---gently teaching us with its awesome personification. (This English teacher loves personification!)

alittlebitograce said...

i heart your new header photo. :) i also needed your words today as i've been clinging to the wrong type of hope. thank you!