This poem was written by Robert J. Maxie, Jr, who has a You-Tube channel that features his spoken poems.  (Do check out his poetry site on Wattpad for more of his work.)  Robert independently published a book of poetry as well, BLEEDING INK, which is available on Amazon.com.

He says, “The back story of this poem isn’t as much in the past as it is what I’m living. I oftentimes recently have found myself in situations where I feel hopeless and powerless.

“This poem is a reminder to me that I can’t live that way. That if I let myself lose hope I won’t be able to make it.”

A wise young man….

The words of his poem are powerful:


The truth is a blinding light
Shining over an ocean of lies
Gliding on black skies
On wings of fear and rage
It’s a rushing river that empties lakes
A hungry beast that takes and takes
A monster that terrifies
An ever living hawk
Scouting the skies
Bringing death to all
Because hope is the ultimate lie
A lie that lives on as long as the light is gone
Hope survives when hidden from the truth
Hope is the noble lie staying my soul from chaos and rage
Hope is a cage
Hope is control
Hope is a blinder over my eyes
And now that hope is gone
And all that’s left is an infinite
Black void through which I cannot find my way
Without my hope
Without my faith I stumble even though my eyes are open and my path is empty
I am blind to trouble
Though I see

by Robert J. Maxie, Jr.

Header picture credit:  Black Storm Petrel by Trish Gussler [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0]


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6 thoughts on “HOPE IS A LIE

  1. The poem is indeed powerful. It reminds us that everything will be fine and something good is bound to happen as long as we don’t lose hope. Hope has the power to change our future as long as we don’t lose faith and trust in the supreme power above.
    Thank you for this inspiring post! 🙂

    1. Thanks for your visit and your comments, Deljar. I do appreciate it. Please do come again….

  2. A beautiful poem that reminds us to never lose hope, because sometimes that is all we have in order to keep moving forward in life.

    Its great that you have added the video as well. It brings life to the poem when it is actually performed by the author himself.

    Very inspiring. Looking forward to more!

    1. Welcome back, Farhan. Thanks for your visit and your comments. Please do come again….

  3. It is a beautiful poem Netta and I thank you very much for sharing it! I have been there when hope is lost and I don’t want to go there again.

    It is reassuring to see the author recognize his faith, the very thing his hope is based on and carry on.

    May I ask, how did this poet come to your attention in the first place?

    Keep up the good work!

    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Joseph.  Robert Maxie’s poetry caught my ear when I visited his YouTube offerings.  They do speak to the heart.  I was very pleased that he chose to share this poem.

      At the time, I was engaged in playing around with a local spoken-word poetry group that met at the public library to share our works with each other and one of the things I found most interesting was checking out what was going on in the wider world of the Internet. 

      This poem highlighted the fact that poetry surely does build heart-connections.

      Please do come again.

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