Naïve, or: Necessary

My 1st ‘tritina’

Those who've faced death know it's easy to lose hope
Though, really, death is simply necessary
Holding a positive outlook's not naïve 

Conservatives think liberals too naïve 
Sometimes, one need be pragmatic despite hope
Sometimes, more than pragmatism's necessary

Foolish Pandora's hope was necessary 
Smiling through endless hardships is not naïve 
For life and death are much the same without hope

Human hope. It's necessary, not naïve.

Without hope, there is only time

Hope… which is whispered from Pandora’s box only after all the other plagues and sorrows had escaped, is the best and last of all things. Without it, there is only time. And time pushes at our backs like a centrifuge, forcing us outward and away, until it nudges us into oblivion.

Ian Caldwell (b. 1976), The Rule of Four

7 thoughts on “Naïve, or: Necessary”

    1. this is not a naive or sentimental notion, and if I was to say something in my ethical will on this, it would include the obligation to hold space for people who have faced death as so many refugees all over the world in unimaginable circumstances have, so they can experience their survival as freedom to live.

  1. Well done! (I do like your choice of end words – chosen like a pro!) I like the Tritina – much more than her evil older sister the Sestina!!

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