ABC Poem

Poem About Hope For The World

Every night I dream of how the world could be a better place. I long for the simplest of changes, simple acts of kindness, love, truth, and simple whispers of hope in the night sky. When I see these dreams each night as I pray, the only words that come to my mind are, "If only..."

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Analysis of Form and Technique

If Only

© Petra Sheane

Published on February 2015

If Only...
A prayer was held in our nation,
Beauty was seen in more ways than one,
Children who are lost could find their salvation,
Death was slain and torture was done.

If Only...
Earth was awakened after years of endurance,
Forgotten feelings were rekindled anew,
God was man's only path and assurance,
Hope was the foundation of the world we knew.

If Only...
I knew more stories than those that were told,
Joy was a plague, and peace a disease,
Knowledge was worth more than silver and gold,
Love was sacred and endless as the seas.

If Only...
Miracles were seen more than daylight,
Never was replaced with forever,
Our eyes could see through the dark of the night,
Passion lived in us more than ever.

If Only...
Questions were answered, and answers were questioned,
Roses were pure and without thorns,
Sadness received only love and affection,
The empty knew why it was they were born.

If Only...
Us as a nation would join hands in song,
Victory was a gift to the humble,
When tears were shed, the earth felt strong,
Exalted men would fall and crumble.

If Only...
You and I would last forever.

If Only...

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Techniques this poem uses:

  • This poem follows the ABAB rhyming pattern. The last words in the first and third lines rhyme, and the last words in the second and fourth lines rhyme.

    Miracles were seen more than daylight, A
    Never was replaced with forever, B
    Our eyes could see through the dark of the night, A
    Passion lived in us more than ever. B

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  • This poems uses repetition of “If Only…” to convey hope and longing for a better future.
    Read more about repetition in poetry
  • This is an example of an ABC poem, where the beginning of each line starts with the consecutive letters of the alphabet.

    A prayer was held in our nation,
    Beauty was seen in more ways than one,
    Children who are lost could find their salvation,
    Death was slain and torture was done.

    Read more about ABC Poems.

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