It is amazing how much one word can mean to someone. The word hope itself, as a title is brilliant. It makes me want to read your poem and wonder what it is you are hoping for. I have many hopes and unfortunately I know that the majority of them won't come true.
I love the simplicity in you words - of course though there was one where I actually never heard of which was arduous. Though I am glad you put that in there because it fit the poem very well and the word itself is quite unique.
"Sometimes I long
for a friendly smile
on cold days
held within my heart"
This makes me think of people out there who aren't friendly. It doesn't take a lot to smile at someone because it could make their day. It is a simple and beautiful gesture but I've noticed that in Sydney, it is hard to get a smile out of some people because everyone seems to be in some kind of rush!!!
I love the ending, telling us that you still have hope in man. Awesome write David I LOVE IT