Hope is the soft, warm candlelight 
contrasted with the burning fury
of bigger fires. 
Hope is in the colorful arc
that comes to us after a storm.
Hope is in the flowers that pop
their heads into the post-rain sunshine.
Hope is in the stars that guide us 
in opening our hearts light-years.
Hope is when we rebuild our spirits
after weathering storms.
Hope is when we do not succumb
to the depths of bigotry.
Hope is in the fact that we are
stronger together.