Arrested with Hope

Darkness and depth of despair
Arrested with hope
Rising above all else
Know my soul, Divine one
Now you have my heart
Every touch helps withstand all
Silence is a brief reflection
Song gives rise, even in winter

Over and over
Forever and ever

With leap of faith, wings spread
Increments of dreams released
Now my journey continues
Truth for me to acknowledge
Every miracle and lesson significant
Reaching and speaking from within

Image Credit

© rgb for “On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea”, 2011

Using “Darkness of Winter”, this is my first attempt in writing an Acrostic Poem — a series of lines or verses in which the first, last, or other particular letters when taken in order spell out a word, phrase, or message.

Entry for
The Gooseberry Garden

Poetry Picnic Week 16:  My Life in Free Verse


Each week Carry On Tuesday will publish either a famous quotation or a line from a book, song or poem and invite you to Carry On where words stop. You may use some of the words or all of them either at the start of your piece or within the body of your work.

Carry On Tuesday #134

“There’s a chill in the air. This week I’ve found a  seasonal  poem by Edward Kofi Louis – it’s called Dark Winter Blues. The first line starts with the following words: 

The darkness of winter…..

 Use them as part of your poem or story …”


About becca givens

Becca is an artist, poet, and animal communicator. She delights in cooking, nurturing, and sharing a rich spiritual life with others on the Path.
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32 Responses to Arrested with Hope

  1. Renee Espriu says:

    Well written! Is this your art? Beautiful piece that goes well with your words.


  2. Alcina says:

    Beautiful write-up 🙂
    and i love the image so much..

    Alcina-In fervor


  3. Whitesnake says:

    Sorry but I didn’t like it. Maybe because everyone elses attempts have been so depressing to read I am finding it even more depressing and that is depressive enough!


    • becca givens says:

      Ahh, Whitesnake … thank you for your visit. I understand how difficult it can be to read several depressive pieces in a row. Although, this was not written to be depressive, I appreciate your feedback!! Maybe tomorrow, it may sound different to you – If not, that’s OK!! Have a great week!


  4. Neinei says:

    Beautiful one… 🙂
    thanks for stopping by my blog… 🙂


  5. Well done. As always I loved to read your poem. They are so full of spirituality and love.



  6. chimnese says:

    Love the title in this acrostic. the flow and the content had an amazing strong emotion that just jumps to the mind of the reader…


  7. Andy says:

    I love the message this portrays Becca. You expressed it beautifully.
    The image is lovely too. Both go well together.
    Thanks for sharing & visiting. I appreciate the comment.

    For ref:
    Your Reward Is My Sorrow


  8. Angela says:

    I love the second Stanza! And I had no idea it was an acrostic until I read your comments beneath it – it flowed beautifully. 🙂


  9. great acrostic poem, not forced or out of place….which is sometimes the feeling I get when I read these.


  10. dani says:

    beautiful, Becca! a brilliant use of the prompts. Love it! ♥ ♥ ♥


  11. Kay Salady says:

    A masterpiece. ♥


  12. Denise says:

    Ah, the line Know my soul, Divine One. That is indeed the turning point from melancholy to joyous song. This is a nicely composed acrostic.


    • becca givens says:

      Thank you, Denise … after reading the original draft and to whom it is addressed – it seemed the appropriate change and acknowledgement! Thank you for visiting and leaving feedback! Appreciate it!


  13. Morning says:




  14. This is a great job on the acrostic. I can’t believe it’s a first attempt!


  15. i love a nice acrostic, especilly when it doesn’t feel forced…and yours is beautiful! nice Becca! ♥


  16. Bodhirose says:

    I’ve done a couple of those Acrostics–they’re fun and challenging. Yours is beautiful, Becca– very soulful…and the picture of the lone cardinal on a wintry tree branch adds to it wonderfully.


    • becca givens says:

      Gayle – this is the first time – the acrostic flowed well enough for me to even consider posting. Guess it was time for the particular message to come forward. Thank you for stopping by for a visit. 🙂 Happy Week!!


  17. dswan2 says:

    I love the poem and I love the misty watercolor! Did you do both?


    • becca givens says:

      Ahh, Donna, it is nice to “see you” … I cannot take credit for this watercolor. I have the source of it noted with “image credit” … it did seem to fit well. My style is more abstract.


  18. I love this, Becca. Such a feeling of hope and peace combined. Very nice!


  19. Siannaphey says:

    This is so beautiful, you’ve down an amazing job, and done so soulfully 🙂 x


  20. neha says:

    Beautiful Acrostic poem, with a really strong meaning in every line 🙂 . Congrats on your first attempt.


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