Optimism is not the presence
of unfailing joy
of unending laughter
of unbridled happy.

Optimism is darkness
observed and overcome.
accessed and abdicated
reflected and reduced.

Optimism is not the creation
of unfaltering cheer
of unexhausted wit
of unending passion.

Optimism is pain
confessed and conquered
faced and fought
survived and surpassed.

with the echo of wisdom
the tilting of an eye
Optimism comes
to gently whisper
with the lips of one who’s seen
and overcome
with knowledge comes certainty
there is no such thing as hopeless!