The Poetry Question

Discovering the Relevance of Words

QOTD – May 5 – Hope

We don’t spend enough time thinking about hope. A lot of us, simply by nature, have a defeatist attitude. We think that the glass is consistently half empty, and we forget that a simple turn of phrase can make everything better.

This morning, on the Facebook site called Student Quote of the Day – which, as a teacher, or just someone who loves insight into the minds of students and teachers, I highly recommend – someone posted the following note:





It reminded me that sometimes, hope can be found in the simplest of things – like a note. I keep saying that words are our super powers, and this is living proof. With a simple note, this student had the power to make that teacher feel like a success, because that student felt like one as well.

What quality in people gives you the most hope? Do you see this in yourself?




About Christopher Margolin

Chris Margolin spent more than a decade in Education as a high school English teacher, and is now an Instructional Coach for the Longview School District. He is also the founder of The Poetry Question, an online journal which focuses on reviews of small press poetry publications, and runs a regular series called "The Power of Poetry," where notable poets share their personal stories of how poetry has affected their lives. Margolin resides in Vancouver, Washington with his wife, and daughter.

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