Hope still walks beside me on the road
Her gentle company eases the miles
And lightens the load a little.
On days of unwashed clothes and unkempt hair
She sometimes seems a little unprepared,
Yet mismatched shoes can still skip
And callused hands can still warm to the touch
Of love’s tender potential.
Some days her mind seems elsewhere
But when our eyes meet,
She is quick to smile,
And through her windows
The light burns brightly
For anyone who cares to share.
Hope is never pretty
But always beautiful,
She is a silhouette in an open doorway,
A soft touch as sleep dissolves
A memory that lingers in the folds of your heart.
She is the exhale of a sigh,
The softening of shoulders
To imagined caress,
The trickle of water at the source
Of a mighty river.
Hope never looks in the mirror,
Indeed, she looks beyond,
For she holds her own reflection
In a place I have yet to find.
Sometimes weary,
She falls behind,
Engulfed in the shadows of the past;
Sits down to rest in the settling dust.
A time-worn traveller, she fades from my view
As I continue on unaware.
Somewhere in the chill
I miss her hand in mine
And sit down by the roadside to wait.
In the stillness,
The road continues to pass me by
And if I close my eyes I can be
Wherever I wish to go and whomever
I choose to be,
Yet somehow the one I open my eyes to
Is me.
In these fragile precious moments
When quiet enters me and wraps my soul
In the solace of silence
And the road has lost its urgency,
I look up to find her standing there.
We hug
Old friends,
The holding hands, continue on our way.
Some days Hope takes her own path,
But most days, she still walks beside me.
She lives in me
And I live in Hope…


believe, child, children, friends, hope, journey, life, love, spiritual, wendy slee


  • Crowmanic
    Crowmanicabout 6 years ago

    Amazing timing, you posted this, just as I posted “Who’s Sin” under writing. Did you inadvertently ask the questions posed? Who shall ever know [shrug] … but heh, this is beautifully done. Thank you. [wink]

  • thanks Crowmanic, I was reading your words it seems, as you were reading mine…. that has got to be worth something too. Yes I had questions, but don’t we all? and as long as we have questions, we will be open and ready for answers from wherever they come.
    thank you so much too!! ;-))

    – Wendy Slee

  • helene
    heleneabout 6 years ago

    Beautiful words and image Wendy :o)

  • Hi Helene
    Thank you so much….your constant support and friendship means a lot to this hope filled traveller ;-)) ….. best wishes…

    – Wendy Slee

  • Paul Quixote Alleyne
    Paul Quixote A...about 6 years ago

    Excellent words and image. They say everything that needs to be said about hoping for a positive change to one’s life experiences.

  • Hey Paul, thanks so much….. I always felt that she was a mischievous child that never got far from me, just liked to play hide and seek…… but that she was certainly someone I would never lose sight of….

    – Wendy Slee

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1about 6 years ago

    WOW-sooo wonderful and inspiritional!!

  • Hey Cheryl, thank you so much….. smiles to you!

    – Wendy Slee

  • whisperingruth
    whisperingruthabout 6 years ago

    Beautiful concept Wendy and so beautifully executed………your writing is superb Honey! xx

  • whisperingruth
    whisperingruthabout 6 years ago

    Beautiful concept Wendy and so beautifully executed………your writing is superb Honey! xx

  • dear Ruth, thank you so much…. hugs to you (and to that gorgeous horse on your avatar too!)

    – Wendy Slee

  • Andy Harris
    Andy Harrisabout 6 years ago

    Beautiful words, beautiful image… love the dreamy quality!

  • thank you so much Andy!

    – Wendy Slee

  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...about 6 years ago

    love it great picture and words

  • Hi Dawn, thanks for your kind words…. :-)

    – Wendy Slee

  • TeriLee
    TeriLeeabout 6 years ago

    Oh my ….so deeply touching….wonderful job!!! Favored before I read the fantastic poem even! Terrific work!

  • Thank you so much TeriLee, I am touched by your comments. :-)

    – Wendy Slee

  • LindaR
    LindaRabout 6 years ago

    truly one of the very finest writings coupled with your image I have seen ~ Wendy ~ you have such a loving and inspiring soul ~ this one is a fav because there will be days when I will need it and your words whispering such a true and gentle reminder that Hope is never lost ~ “it lingers in the folds of your heart…” and mine. Thank you for sharing here ~ you are an amazing, open hearted woman xxx

  • Linda! What an amazing compliment…! thank you from my heart!

    – Wendy Slee

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