This poem was inspired by my recent mission trip to Haiti. Lespwa means “hope” in Creole.

The hurt, the death, the crying of tears

The hunger, the sorrow, the poor little dears

The lies, the false hope and no one to help


The begging, the trickery, the acting

The stealing, the crying, the want of what’s lacking

The manipulation, the anger, the yelling and cursing


The help, the love, the kindness, the advice

The teaching the compliment, the smile so nice

The finding of joy in the darkness and pain


The joy, the fullness, the love and the hope

The praise, the worship, the ability to cope

The motivation, the future, a life without fear




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