Optimism’s flag flies high and brave
But requires too much effort to maintain:
One massive, unexpected wave
May bring it low so easily.
Pessimism’s safer, and it seems more true.
It’s hopes—not fears—that idiom declares
Are eligible and able to be dashed.
A thin wall separates hope and cynicism.
But surely cynicism shares more
Than just its first initial with cowardice.
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