Poets & Poetry


by Kulsum Junaid (16)
St Anthony’s Girls Sr. Sec. School, Paharganj, New Delhi

I don’t know

What hope is,

But I want to keep it alive,

In myself,

As in others.

Hopelessness is what bothers

A peaceful, joyful mind

With its utmost devilish kind.

I don’t know

What hope is…


Hope is something that

Tells you to go on,

Or persuades you to work

That it will bear fruit some day,

And makes you wait eagerly

For that one day.

Hope is the very essence of life,

That reminds you that

You are still living.

I don’t know

What hope is…


A person who loses hope,

Is worse than the dead and unliving,

Hopelessness is all he will have to cope.

Unhappiness is what he gives

To himself and others around,

With sad ties he is bound.

Hope should never be lost

It is worth a life’s cost.

This poem has been published in the October 2015 issue of The Teenager Today.