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This poem is about an experience of a person who has been through hell.

I'm a member of a 12-Step Program, and I still remember being in the depths of despair, when I had lost all love and all faith. But, there was just a glimmer of hope, and this led to a new life, a fuller live, a more joyful life. I want to share this experience with others, and urge them never to give up hope.


When all about you is black with gloom,
And all you feel is pending doom.
When your bones are racked with grim despair -
When every breath is a gasp for air.
Keep on going, though you need to grope,
For around the bend is a ray of hope.

A ray of hope is perhaps all that's left,
As your will to live has been bereft.
You've lost it all, it's just no use!
You can end it all, you need no excuse.
But throw away that piece of rope,
And give yourself a chance of hope.

Just give yourself another day,
Brushing aside what your thoughts may say.
This is your life and you can make a new start,
By ignoring the brain - just follow the heart.
Taking baby steps in order to cope,
And minute by minute you'll build on your hope.

Build on your hope,. one day at a time,
Though the road be steep and hard to climb.
The hurts of the past - they should be dead.
The fears of the future are all in your head.
Just live in the present and refuse to mope
Your life will sparkle for you're living in hope.
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13 Visitor Comments

You've got a solid heart of gold my friend, your poem has lifted me from the dispear i feel. But i feel your peom speaks truth, and is a touching thought to those around the world.
when reading this poem it made so much sense and after going, myself, through some hard times in the past, it expresses exactly what i would say to people in search of a little hope.
This is an awesome poem. I know exactly what you're talking about. For the past 4 months i've felt like there was no reason for me to go on. But something made me hang on, maybe that ray of hope. Recently I've found that ray of hope and I can barely believe it but I am glad i'm still here. Your poem articulates this perfectly.
this gave me hope wen i need it most, made me feel like there is a way out, thanks dude. u probably dnt knw how much this can help sum1. keep writing
I really love this poem! I carry it with me always. It has gotten me through a lot of tough times. I just wanted to say thank you for writing it, and I hope you will continue writing.
It was really moving. This poem has really helped me through some tough times. Whenever i get depressed about something i read it. Keep Writing!
I am also in a 12-step program and this poem represents so many principles. Keep expressing yourself in your work and in the rooms. You have a wonderful talent.
At a time of quitting my addiction to nicotine, I found these words giving me..HOPE.
Great poem Very encouraging A salute from Singapore
i have had so many bad, and good things happen to me, your poem gives me hope.
I think that this is a beautiful poem,it sends a very encouring message to anyone that reads it.I loved it.Thank you Brian.
How wonderful and inspiring this poem was.
Great!! This poem is easy to read with smooth rhythm and wise advise. again, this is a great poem!!!

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