This Is No Bumper Sticker Kind of Thing
Featured in the October 2019 Issue of Angelic
By Whitney Hancock
like any good bumper sticker,
I could have told you a thousand different ways;
“hope is the anchor.”
(to my ship that’s already sinking?)
“hold onto hope.”
(you’re right, it’ll probably all be okay.)
“Those who hope in the Lord…”
(I am one of those people, right?)
maybe it’s because I’m not ready
maybe it’s because I’m being prepared
maybe it’s because the timing isn’t right
I could have told you it’s going to help.
you’ll get through it if you just hold onto…
but this isn’t a bumper sticker kind of thing.
this place in your soul
carved out in bone-chilling silence
heart heavy, pounding
drenched in humiliating tears
they called me ‘misses bright side’
I had done war with negativity
It was the silver-lining every time.
rose colored everything I'd see.
but she knows the darkness intimately, Hope.
she’s warred with superficial success.
she staked her claim.
when no one was looking,
she weighed every option
Hope answers to no one but Love.
Call on her for a sudden answer,
she won’t reply.
Demand from her quick results,
you’ll hear silence.
whether elation and pride,
or heartbreak and strife,
her ‘Yes' birthed from an honest heart.
she chose this,
and she chose it with her eyes opened wide.
this is a song that comes from the deep.
it’s no bumper sticker kind of thing.
and when you hear from her,
it’ll be when she sings.
she’ll sing sweetly the tune
without the words
and she’ll never stop at all.