Hope Will Flow

I’ve written down my tale of woe
Of innocence torn asunder
Hope will from my story flow

I thought he was my loving beau
The depths of evil I bid you ponder
I’ve written down my tale of woe

Though the deed was so long ago
It spawned a drama far grander
Hope will from my story flow

I penned 50,000 words to show
How in the desert I did wander
I’ve written down my tale of woe

But glorious grace God did bestow
Healing from a love so tender
Hope will from my story flow

The truth I pray for all to know
Filled with awe and vast wonder
I’ve written down my tale of woe
Hope will from my story flow


The prompt at NaPoWriMo.net today was to “to write a poem that incorporates at least one of the following: (1) the villanelle form, (2) lines taken from an outside text, and/or (3) phrases that oppose each other in some way. If you can use two elements, great – and if you can do all three, wow!”

So I definitely managed (1), because this is a villanelle. I half-accomplished (2), if you consider the phrase “my tale of woe” as an idiom taken from the annals of history. And I accomplished (3) because my two repeating lines are opposed, one full of woe, and the other flowing with hope.

This poem also fits the Writers’ Digest April PAD Challenge, because it involves something stolen: innocence.

About Linda Kruschke

I am a Jesus Freak, and I don't care who knows it. I am a wife, mother, sister, aunt, daughter, and friend. My blood family is only part of the larger family of Christ that I belong to. I love to write, especially about my dear Savior.
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13 Responses to Hope Will Flow

  1. Ah, Linda, you maintain the metre and rhyme so well, it’s beautifully to see. I’ve been following you for a while now, and it feels like you are growing in hope and strength all the time.

  2. Frank Hubeny says:

    Nice resolution in those two lines positioned together at the end.

  3. Congratulations! I do like a happy ending, even if it takes an unhappy one to spur us on.

  4. Grace says:

    That healing is so powerful. I admire the transformation.

    Thanks for joining our Villanelle Poetry form.

  5. This is so good

  6. Debbie says:

    You get a wow from me! :).

  7. Claire says:

    Great job!

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