a psalm for those seeking hope

tell me a story 
a good news story 
something to make me smile and sigh 

but everywhere I look there's long faces 
angry exclamation marks 
raised voices and pointing fingers 
aggressive adjectives telling each other 
you're wrong 
you're bad 
you're the problem

I want a story 
a good news story 
something to help me up

but everywhere I look 
there are prophecies of woe 
gloomy graphs heralding disaster 
catastrophes now commonplace 
yet another headline saying 
we're doomed 
we're wrecked 
we're broken

where is my story? 
my good news story? 
where will I find that hug of hope?

is there more than the five minute feel good at the end of the news? 
more than token gestures 
positive thinking slogans 
affirming insta images? 
is there somehow, somewhere, a true story so true 
that in spite of all the whirling ugly nonsense 
its beauty peeks through into my world 
chucks me under the chin and says 
hey, I see you, 
do you see me now?

and I glimpse it 
in a friend's face 
a stranger's smile 
a moment of melody 
an image that speaks many thousand words

once upon a time I knew it well 
once upon a time I will own it again, and tell it to others 
at this time I must learn it anew 
teach me your story

Lamentations 3:19-24

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