Hold On, A Throwback Poem

Hold On

Hold on I say, don’t ever let go,
of that ember of hope waning in the night.
You can’t let it grow cold and … die
simply because you’ve grown too tired to fight.

Though you may be wounded, broken, defeated,
hold on I say, don’t ever let go.
And when the fear of losing grows
close to taking your freedom—say no.

Hold on I say, don’t ever let go,
though it’s hard to see happiness in sight.
It’s waiting to shine out the lies of the darkness.
The truth … a sputtering ember … a hopeful ray of light.

—Barbara Hartzler

I wrote this poem back in college and stumbled across it recently. Enjoy the throwback from my beatnik days.

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