Hope has feathered wings

Hope has feathered wings, but she doesn’t fly.

Fear has chilled bone fingers and they touch you.

Desire has glowing embers and flames, burn you down.

Faith anchors us deeply, not in an ocean or to a ship.

Love has no features to see but shows itself clearly.

 

Hope uses her feathers and wings to brush our souls.

Fear is brushed away under her wings, chill fades away.

Desire has the embers flown to flame or smothered down too.

Faith is our anchor, Hope lifts us to see the face of the Son.

Love, featureless, most powerful of all, is present in all.

 

Hope brushes my soul with her wings, and I tremble.

Fear loses the chill fingered touch under those wings strong.

Desire, with each wing beat, finds a rhythm that is life living.

Faith anchors the soul to God, no one can render us apart.

Love, binding with silken strands, weaves a nest for hope.

 

Hope, wing’d and feathered, does not fly but lets us soar!

Fear, chills us and drives us to the warmth of flames found.

Desire can warm or burn but without the fanning the flames die.

Faith anchors and is the only one who can work alone.

Love, cannot be without and must be within, it is all.

 

For Poets United and Poetry Jam.  copyright 2012 Shanyn Silinski

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18 Comments

  1. March 16, 2012 at 12:59 am

    This says it all, yes, love is everything. Without, within, and where there is life, there is hope.

    • shanyns said,

      March 16, 2012 at 1:40 am

      Thank you! Love is everything…so glad you stopped by.

  2. Earl said,

    March 16, 2012 at 1:03 am

    faith hope and love Shanyn but the best we have is love and the faith we have too LOVE YOU SHANYN

    • shanyns said,

      March 16, 2012 at 1:41 am

      Earl – love you too! Thanks for coming by 🙂 I know it isn’t easy living with a poet, but it is harder to be apart!

  3. March 16, 2012 at 1:21 am

    Wow!! We have the same theme!! Neat.

    “Love, featureless, most powerful of all, is present in all.”

    I so agree!!

    I love the layer by layer building of spiritual transcendence, very powerful.

    Thank you for this, Shanyn!

    • shanyns said,

      March 16, 2012 at 1:44 am

      I noticed that Hannah – loved your poetry too. Thanks so much for stopping by. Glad you enjoyed your read.

      • March 16, 2012 at 2:14 am

        Well, thank you! I’m glad to have crossed paths with you and look forward to writing and reading with you! Good fun!

      • shanyns said,

        March 16, 2012 at 3:54 am

        🙂

  4. Helen said,

    March 16, 2012 at 1:35 am

    Hope, fear, faith, desire and love … you have described them in the most powerful and descriptive way. I enjoyed your poem …

    • shanyns said,

      March 16, 2012 at 1:46 am

      Helen – thank you for coming by, am very pleased you enjoyed your read.

  5. booguloo said,

    March 16, 2012 at 2:30 am

    I just wanted to say thanks for your support and thanks for sharing your thoughts on hope. Your work did remind me that without hope there can be no faith and without faith it’s impossible to please God which comes out in your second and third stanzas.

    • shanyns said,

      March 16, 2012 at 3:54 am

      Thanks for coming by – and I appreciate your comment too! Great to see you here.

  6. ella said,

    March 16, 2012 at 4:28 am

    Wow, so many great lines, but this one spoke to me most of all:
    “Love, binding with silken strands, weaves a nest for hope.”
    Amazing! you so capture the delicate, intricate stirrings of love~

    • shanyns said,

      March 16, 2012 at 2:14 pm

      Ella – thank you for coming by. I appreciate your comment. So glad you enjoyed your stay.

  7. Mary said,

    March 16, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    This is so good! You have layers of meaning in each stanza, have really WORKED each of the words. Thank you for posting in Poetry Jam. Here’s mine:

    http://inthecornerofmyeye.blogspot.com/2012/03/happiness.html

    • shanyns said,

      March 16, 2012 at 2:12 pm

      Mary – thank you! I did really work on this one 🙂 It was a hard poem to get out! So glad you came by and super pleased that you enjoyed your read.

  8. Margaret said,

    March 18, 2012 at 3:14 am

    The repetition, the building works well here.

    “Love has no features to see but shows itself clearly.” So, so true.

    • shanyns said,

      March 18, 2012 at 2:29 pm

      Margaret – thanks so much for sharing, and so glad you enjoyed the read. Nice to see you stop by!


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