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‘I’ve learned to sing a song of hope’

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A poem that celebrates the power of joy, hope, happiness and love should banish any feelings of sadness we might have. The speaker in the poem has not always experienced joy however. She also talks of despair and tears and fears. But she has “learned” how love can conquer unhappiness.

This is a lovely poem to share with other people. Saying the poem aloud creates a small space in the world for hope and happiness to breathe in.

It's also a very rhythmic poem and the words "sing” and “song” are repeated several times. What do you want to do with this musicality? Does the poem sound true with more of it, or less?

There's light and shade to consider too: happiness and sadness, joyful triumph and dark times of despair. How will you use your voice to get the right balance?

Experiment until you feel you are communicating the idea of a person, inspired by love, feeling blessed.

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I’ve learned to sing a song of hope,
I’ve said goodbye to despair,
I caught the note in a thrush’s throat,
I sang – and the world was fair!
I’ve learned to sing a song of joy
It bends the skies to me,
The song of joy is the song of hope
Grown to maturity.

I’ve learned to laugh away my tears
As through the dark I go,
For love and laughter conquer fears
My heart has come to know.

I’ve learned a song of happiness
It is a song of love,
For love alone is happiness
And happiness is love.

‘I’ve learned to sing a song of hope’

by Georgia Douglas Johnson