Friday, February 27, 2015

The Corner of Hope and Strength

For dVerse
Reading Brian's and Claudia's poems and trying to pick one of them was like trying to pick between Thin Mints and Samoas (for those of you outside the US, these are Girl Scout Cookie flavors - the most popular ones, and my personal favorites too!). It is cookie season currently and with my little girl scout busy selling cookies,  reading the word 'mint' in both their poems brought this back to the forefront for me and this was the result!

The Corner of Hope and Strength
The little girls stood
at the corner of hope
and strength;
their sweet voices trilled
“Cookies for you?,”
as passersby passed by.

The young man in blue
Deep in the land of despair
After a luckless day
He walked by
Past the corner of hope
And strength

A little voice called after him
“Cookies for you?”

Sweet memories rushed
Trailing after big sis
seated in the red wagon -
"Why not refresh
my senses
with a piece of minty chocolate?"

A box of Thin Mints,
Refreshed hope, renewed strength,
Two happy girls saying
"have a good day"
"you too"


  1. standing at the corner of hope and strength.... that is a cool image... also like how you wove in colors here.. the blue man and red wagon...

    1. thank you Claudia.. always love reading your poems and your paintings are so full of life too

  2. Love how easy it can be to make more than one happy by that simple way, hopefully put some warmth in the blue.

    1. agree, Bjorn... it is so easy to put a smile on someone's face with a simple act of kindness (or even just a smile)

  3. a fun poetic snap shot of a real life event -- filled with hope (and mint)
    Nicely done. Cute

  4. ha. think mints are good...samoas all the better....
    the corner of hope and strength....smiles....yes, a little
    in each bite....

  5. I love the 'corner of hope and strength' - and the sweet onslaught of childhood memories (oh, yes, the smell of cookies).
    But... I'll be wondering forevermore now: just what falvour is samoas?

    1. Crisp cookies, coated in caramel, sprinkled with toasted coconut, and striped with a dark chocolaty coating. Just a little taste of heaven : )

  6. "Sweet memories rushed" Funny how memories are triggered by such simple things, a smell, a color, a certain song. This is a sweet poem.

  7. I also noticed the "mint" too in both their poems.,,kind of intriguing. Love "the corner of hope and strength"....a great place to be.

  8. What a picture you painted here, with colors and tastes. Just lovely.


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