Image of a young girl with text, "Hope"
Art by Nabila Adani


A heartfelt poem about the power of hope

By Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer
From the October/November 2023 Issue


Hope has holes

in its pockets.

It leaves little

crumb trails

so that we,

when anxious,

can follow it.

Hope’s secret:

it doesn’t know

the destination—

it knows only

that all roads 

begin with one

foot in front 

of the other.

What's the Connection?

One meaning of secret is “a key to success.” In the poem, what is hope’s secret? How is its secret related to Malala’s fight for girls’ education? Answer both questions in a well-organized essay with details from the poem and the article "Malala the Powerful."

This poem was originally published in the October/November 2023 issue.  

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