The Important Thing (Hope)

I’ve written several poems inspired by Margaret Wise Brown’s The Important Book. My principal asked me to share a poem on a given theme for our poetry month celebration, and I realized I haven’t yet written a poem on that theme.

So I’m going to give it a go. I might like what I write. I might not. I guess that’s the good thing about writing a lot, is the ability to send something out into the world and be okay with it.

Here goes.

The important thing about hope is that it’s inside us.

It strengthens us on difficult days
It creates light and warmth and beauty
Its call raises us in the morning
It whispers us to sleep at night
It’s a quiet flickering flame that we cup with fingers to protect
It passes through us and between us and among us

But the important thing about hope is that it’s inside us.


Just for kicks, if you want to check out my other important poetry, you can read about pencils or paper or quiet. But really. If you haven’t checked out The Important Book, what are you waiting for?

Published by Lainie Levin

Mom of two, full-time teacher, wife, daughter, sister, friend, and holder of a very full plate

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