Sparks Of Hope – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

dVerse Poets – Quadrille

De at dVerse has invited us to write a Quadrille (44 words) using any form of the word stir.




“Sometimes a flame can shrink or waver, but sometimes a flame refuses to go out. It flares up from the  faintest ember to illuminate the darkness, to burn in spite of overwhelming odds.”  Karen Hesse.


Sparks Of Hope

The ancient hearth had dimmed,
what once was stoked
now barely glowed,
as we arrived
darkness shrouded round,
a question formed my mind,
to stir or not to stir,
the western light fading fast,
so I spirited the coals,
breath erupting sparks
of hope.

©Paul Vincent Cannon



Filed under Free Verse, life, poem, Quadrille, quote, Spirituality

58 responses to “Sparks Of Hope – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. May the sparks never dim, Paul! Beautiful.

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  2. Vandana Sharma

    Hope is very necessary for our survival.

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  3. Just hanging on… but so long as here is hope. Nicely crafted, Paul.

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  4. How intriguing, to “spirit the coals.” Lovely.

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  5. I was also drawn to that particular phrase, I felt a deeper spiritual connect.

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  6. I concur with the comments of your other readers. It’s a beautiful piece.

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  7. “Spiriting the coals” is a very good quote too. Very motivating, Paul! Thank you!!! Michael

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  8. There’s a lot of symbolism in there, keeping the fire alive. I think you’re right to keep it stirred, make it live.

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  9. I like the thought of hope coming from the embers.

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  10. De Miller Jackson

    Always, always happy to see “spirit” as a verb. LOVE this:
    “so I spirited the coals,
    breath erupting sparks
    of hope.”

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  11. nice job description … sparks of hope are essential just now 🙂

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  12. Sometimes you need to stir and feed the fire… we need warmth more than we need ash.

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  13. Beverly Crawford

    We all need to be fanning the sparks of hope in this crazy mixed-up world today!

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  14. The Sparks of hope keeps us alive.Beautiful poem

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  15. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:

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  16. Love the ending on this, Paul.

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  17. lync56

    I love this thought


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  18. Sparks of hope is what we need – beautiful piece, Paul.

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  19. Whoaa!
    Though a little bit vague, the message was passed.
    Sparks of Hope.
    They really ignite the lost mind towards something.

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