hope: it’s closer to home than we might think

“Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

hope - Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher - quote @poetryjoy.com
Finding hope

Can my soul dance
at the sight of a single, gently
swaying, humble dandelion?

Can I see hope
in such a small, small offering,
more a weed than anything?

Some days it is
beyond me to catch the briefest
glimpse and be fully satisfied.

Because I hunger
after beauty and colour, of which
my yearning soul never tires.

I long for hope
to reveal itself in the bold, whereas
it often comes unawares.

It winds itself
into our consciousness
waving a filmy, fragile flag.

No sudden white
flare or something more rare
but a simple garden sighting.

A tiny thing, perhaps,
a mere slender seedling, and yet
it calls us to pay attention.

Here, here, it says,
I have arrived again,
I never completely disappear.

Let your eyes scan
the world or come closer now
and find me in the infinite.

Maintain openness
and you will soon discover
hope never leaves you bereft.
© joylenton

Yellow is not only a humble dandelion’s distinguishing hue, it’s a colour associated with the positive traits of happiness, optimism, hope, creativity, sunshine and spring. It cheers our hearts and adds a welcome dash of brightness wherever it appears, especially when we encounter it in daffodils.

“Just living is not enough… one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” Hans Christian Andersen

hope - solo dandelion - garden - finding hope poem excerpt (C) joylenton @poetryjoy.com

Dandelions—those persistent, thriving little wildflowers/weeds and intrusive curse of gardeners—actually come with a vibrant message of hope for us. They symbolise the warmth and power of the rising sun and healing from emotional pain, to name but two of their suggested characteristics. You can find out more here.

I love dandelions because they’re such a cheerful colour and often the only flowers in our tiny garden for months. They’re also a hopeful sign of spring’s imminence. Maybe it’s worth leaving them alone for a while so we can enjoy their vivid brightness before we replace them with more favoured flowers and plants to grace our gardens with, like sunflowers, perhaps? 😉💚🌻🌺

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11 thoughts on “hope: it’s closer to home than we might think

  1. Good morning sister, what cheer you brought to my heart this morning. I am overwhelmed with so many things, yet you remind me of bright yellow weeds that make my heart smile. More than that, you have pointed me to Hope that never leaves me “bereft”. Joy, I stand with you on promises that give us hope. Lord, please bless and keep Joy this given day, give her the gift of Your presence. In Jesus name, Amen.

    • Good afternoon, Julie. I happily receive the gift of God’s presence which I find more often in creation’s beauty than anything. There’s a calming peace within greenery and plants that never fails to soothe my soul. Even a humble weed can captivate me, as you can see! I’m glad your heart smiles at the sight of them too. May you cling to our constant Hope in Christ as you pray and ponder the way ahead He has in store for your life. I’m praying for Peace to be the umpire in your heart as you surrender your thoughts and listen to Holy whispers. May God’s wisdom guide your steps with clarity and focus. Love in Him. xo ❤️🙏🏻

      • Loved: “praying for Peace to be the umpire in your heart as you surrender your thoughts and listen to Holy whispers” Joy, taking this with me as I sleep and pray this weekend. Thank you so much. Love in Him, xo 💕

      • Julie, I pray you will sleep soundly and rest in the knowledge that God will soon whisper to your heart and reveal His intentions for your life, your future, your mission and your deep desire to witness for Him. Bless you, dear friend. xo 💜

  2. Joy, what a beautiful post! Yellow is my absolutely favorite color, because it is so cheery. Dandelions are pretty and resilient and do show us hope. 🙂 I had a burst of color before me yesterday as I sat on the porch, but only for a few seconds. A Scarlet Tanager landed on the blueberry bushes and after a few seconds flew on up into the higher trees. But its colors were so vivid. A beautiful reminder of hope! Blessings and love to you, my dear sister/poet/friend! xoxo Thank you for another lovely poem!

    • Hello Gayl, I love that your favourite colour is yellow! Especially because “it is so cheery” and makes us smile. Perhaps it’s because we get to appreciate close to ground plants like dandelions, buttercups and daisies during childhood and retain a fascination with them. Sunny yellow definitely cheers our hearts. Oh you have blueberry bushes… one of my favourite fruits! What a treat to see a Scarlet Tanager. I had to look them up. My, they are bright, aren’t they?! Too vivid to miss. Yes, another “beautiful reminder of hope” and how we all need that right now. Thank you so much for your sweet appreciation of my poetry. Blessings and love to you, too, my dear sister/poet/friend! xoxo 😊💜

  3. Oh such beautiful and encouraging thoughts here today!

    “I long for hope
    to reveal itself in the bold, whereas
    it often comes unawares.”

    Thank you for reminding me to keep watching for God, even in the small moments. He has never left us without His hope, Himself! Love & hugs Dear Friend!

    • Dear Bettie, sometimes hope does arrive boldly and unmistakably, but so often I find it enters my awareness best via the unexpected, humble and small. Plants and flowers remind us that life goes on, seasons change, and new life can bloom from what appears to be dying or dead. May your observant watching be rewarded with sights, signs and sounds that warm your heart. God is more present with us than we know and very willing to reveal Himself to dry and thirsty souls. You are right, God has “never left us without His hope, Himself!” That alone gives us hope in the here and now. Blessings, love and hugs to you, dear friend! xoxo 💜

  4. Beautiful verses! I love you flowery imagery ~ ”Because I hunger
after beauty and colour, of which
my yearning soul never tires.” – Your words resonate with my soul!🌹

    • Welcome, Veronica, it’s lovely to meet you! Thank you so much for your sweet appreciation of my poetic imagery, and for following this blog. I’m so happy you have joined the Poetry Joy community and I look forward to engaging with you here. Blessings to you, new friend! 😊🌼

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