Giving Up All Hope


…for a better past?



I know no way of judging the future but by the past.

The future belongs to those who have reason to hope,

those who have been able to hope through all their pasts

and thus are in the present, which is the past’s future,

simply because their hope has not failed them.

If life grows inhospitable toward my presence,

it is above all because I have lost my sense of hope

somewhere in my past…



On a lighter note…


 ~ ~

Whether we’re wishing for silver or gold

or the newest gadget that’s remote-controlled

Though requests include music, a book or cologne

we really want hope in the wrapped unbeknown

For hope can come in a million small ways

in as many disguises as the gifts it portrays

Don’t add up the worth of the gifts ‘neath your tree

but count all the hope in the giving you see

Each hand that has stuck miles of sellotape

to wrap an unwrappable gift of strange shape

Each finger that merr’ly tied ribbons ‘to knots

Each gift that embodies all your I-never-‘want-nots’

Each witnessing eye and each ear that awaits

Your “ooh” and “aah” which clearly translates…


“what IS it??” 😆  

“you shouldn’t have…” 😕

“you didn’t!” 😯

“i love it!!” 🙄

“just what I always wanted!” 👿

“thank you” 😉

Whichever, whatever – may each gift under your tree

serve as a reminder, that HOPE is for free.




On Heaven & Hope

They share the same initials

They weren’t in my past

but they entered my life together

all skillfully wrapped up and

presented in magnificently crafted human form.

Together they represent my greatest gift ever:


 ~ ~



8 Responses to “Giving Up All Hope”

  1. 1 Krista
    December 21, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Jy het ‘n absolute amazing skill met woorde . . . dit laat my sprakeloos van bewondering . . .

  2. 2 ELF
    December 21, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Dankie .. jou woorde resoneer. x

  3. December 21, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Ja-nee, Beebs, hoe lank het dit jou gevat om dit ‘uit te dink’? Amazing stuff. En ek hou van die boodskap. 😉

  4. December 22, 2009 at 6:40 am

    Aaaahhh Dis Beautiful Beeps!

    The future belongs to those who have reason to hope – AMEN…..AMEN…..AMEN!!!!!

  5. December 23, 2009 at 5:01 am

    BB, ek wil julle die mees Geseënde Kersdag toewens Vrydag.
    Yip, ons kan maar net bly hoop. Daardie eerste een “…for a better pas?” is ongelooflik, koue-rillings teen die ruggraat af mooi!!

    • 6 BB
      December 23, 2009 at 6:53 am

      Jy weet DMi – i realized one day that the past was never there when I tried to go back. It only exists in my memory. And if one’s ‘if only’s’ could really come to pass, my future (thus my present) wouldn’t have been what it is – and that, somehow, always makes me quite content with the past… any which way I look at it.

      • December 23, 2009 at 10:30 am

        Wee jy BB, so waar. Mens moet tot daardie besef kom dat jy nie kan teruggaan en enigiets vernader nie. Wat verby is ,is verby. En daarom tel elke sekonde! If you lie on your death bed, and your life (past) flashes before your eyes, it must be worth looking at. Oscar material!

      • December 24, 2009 at 7:01 am

        Goeie lessie die wat ons by jou kan leer Beeps! Hoop ons onthou dit wanneer ons weer so ‘n “ek-voel-jammer-vir-myself-dag” ervaar! 😉

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