Claudine Nash – Hope Is

Nash LE P&W 4 Nov-Dec 2023

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14th Anniversary Edition, Live Encounters Poetry & Writing Volume Four Nov-Dec 2023.

Hope Is, poem by Claudine Nash.

Hope Is

the song
I feel in my muscles

(before I can sing
any of the lyrics),

it is a moment

stirring in darkness
before the day begins

a direction 

found in a forest
of limitless routes,

the breath

(I didn’t know
I was holding)

winding around
the stillness
of the morning,

it is the thought

that is spinning itself
into an idea

as the coffee 
is brewing,

the answer

that is catching
the light.

© Claudine Nash

Claudine Nash is a psychologist and award-winning poet whose poetry collection  Beginner’s Guide to Loss in the Multiverse (Blue Light Press, 2020) was chosen as winner of the 2020 Blue Light Book Award. Her other books include The Wild Essential (Kelsay Books, 2017) and Parts per Trillion (Kelsay Books, 2016) as well as the chapbooks Things for Which You Thirst (Weasel Press, 2020) and The Problem with Loving Ghosts  (Finishing Line Press, 2014).  Widely published, her work has been nominated for the Pushcart, Best of Net, and Pulitzer prizes and has appeared in numerous publications including Asimov’s Science Fiction, BlazeVOX, and Cloudbank among others.

One Reply to “Claudine Nash – Hope Is”

  1. What a haunting poem that establishes a sotto voice that each of us have.
    As usual Claudine provides a personalized reasoning to a part of life.

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