What Is Hope?

What is hope?
To love truly and completely;
To resist the temptation to give up
and the inclination to give in;
To suffer the trials of bad times
and trust the prospect of better days;
To understand dreams;
To feel the warmth of light;
To find an angel deep inside, whether as
a cherished friend, a sweet memory
or a faithful religious belief;
To see every dark thought is illuminated
brighter because you held on;
This is to have hope.