Hope Peddler

A strong friendship
sharpens the blade.

A tapestry
deceives the mind.

We both love
impossible people.

she maintains hope

in the intrinsic
of a promise,

the praiseworthy
of denial,

in rewards

The reverse side
of chaos
is order.

I remind her
the reverse side
of order
is chaos.

I am cynical,
my heart
with scorn.

The mind seeks
to unravel
the tangled vines,

or it turns over,
abandoning order
for the comfort
of chaos.

The fabric
carefully crafted
at the edge.

I crave

At least
it’s a change.

The jungle
dark and terrible
gives up diamonds.

I brave extinction
for a clear-cut terrain.


Copyright © 2017 Mindy Goorchenko All rights reserved.

This poem found its inspiration from a writing prompt in Kelli Russell Agodon & Martha Silano’s The Daily Poet: Day-By-Day Prompts For Your Writing PracticeAlso, the stanza with a jungle borrows heavily from a line in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman.

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