Hopeless Joy: A Poem by Mackie Benson

“Hopeless Joy”

I had once often hoped for joy

Joy had no hope for me.

I used it as a ship to sail.

It cast me in the sea.

Joy never was a friend to me.

It never had a soul

That to me gave kindness.

It was to me a toll.

Somehow I think it was mistakes

That turned my joy away.

And if my joy returns to me,

Oh, that will be the day.

If every person shared my pain,

The empty world would be distressed

As joy takes away all our strain

And – from the vast depths – we are brought.

For my joy -to me- return

Is all I pray, dearĀ God.

In my thoughts all this will burn

Until hopeless joy renews.

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