Hope and I, we’ve worked it out,
sort of struck ourselves a deal.
we know what it’s all about.
what’s a pipe dream, and what’s real.
I’ve agreed to not invest too much,
to not believe like I was blind.
Hope knows that sometimes it’s a crutch,
that’s a role it doesn’t mind,
but Hope will not be overstated,
not be cheapened or abused.
it will go on unabated,
if for a noble purpose used.
So Hope states clearly it will stay,
as long as I know how to see,
and if I work hard to find a way,
it never will abandon me.


coax it, tease it, draw it out,
you know what I’m talkin’ ’bout,
it’s shy, don’t try to use force,
be gentle, let things run their course,
a nudge, a wink, perhaps a hug,
should it play hard to get,
give a playful shrug,
thing is, no matter  what you do,
don’t let it get the best of you,
you may think that it’s not yours to make,
but it’s sitting there for you to take,
flirt with it, give it a smile,
tell it resistance is futile,
sooner or later, with this approach,
you’ll no longer have to goad or coach,
it’ll come to you, one delightful day,
both persistance and patience always pay.