We Had Hoped

January 12, 2023 | < 1
D.S. Martin

An illustrated photo of a plant with new roots growing despite damage

Luke 24:21

How hard to walk a bleak road
          Do you not know?
the path before us   uphill
          Have you not heard?
With talk of dreams   all past tense
          our feet come to a standstill 

A once-bulging heart   like a punctured
          waterskin   dribbles thin
& it’s pointless to refill   until made new
          But what if we’re wrong
about being wrong?   What if we let our
          hearts   again   burn within us?




D.S. Martin

D.S. Martin is Poet-in-Residence at McMaster Divinity College, the Series Editor for the Poiema Poetry Series, the editor behind three poetry anthologies, and author of four poetry collections—the most recent of which is Ampersand (2018, Cascade). He and his wife Gloria have two sons, one of whom is an Alliance pastor.

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