Reflection

All Is Not Lost

Poetic reflection on the hope one finds even after losing everything.

All Is Not Lost

Poetic reflection on the hope one finds even after losing everything.


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After encountering the issues surrounding disaster, it is difficult to recognize the beauty or hope that exists in the aftermath of these devastating situations. Let this poem allow you to reflect on the hope that comes even after a person feels they have lost everything. 

 

Lost
© Claire K. McKeever-Burgett
 

She feels like the woman
  looking for her lost coin.
 

Panic-stricken, fearful,
  lost, herself, in a complex web
    of insecurity veiled in superior
      elitism.


She turns over tables,
  shatters lamps,
    throws pillows,
      upturns sugar jars,
        unmakes beds


searching, looking, with no
  path or plan, for the coin—
    that which she believes with
      all her might is lost.


Once the hurricane leaves its
  destructive disarray behind,
    she sits among remnants of a
      war-torn room, among a mess
        of things, still unable
          to find


what it is she’s looking for.
 

She stops – not of her own will –
  but because she literally cannot
    tear anything or anyone
      else to shreds.
 

She stops – among the piles of pain
       created in her frantic search –
    out of breath, heart beating fast.
 

She stops. She hears.

All is not lost.
All is not lost.
All is not lost.

Among the mountains and molehills,
  piles and gaping holes,
      sugar granules and broken glass,
 

She stops. She hears.

All is not lost.
Is it true?
Is it real?

She ponders these things
  in her heart, even when the coin
    is found – right there
      in plain sight
 

where she left it this morning.

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