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