Postcards of Hope has, since its inception, been a creative, visual project, aimed at offering healing words to those working to overcome difficult times.

The campaign seeks to share art, photography, prose and poetry to display messages of positivity and strength.

While many contributors have submitted postcards featuring powerful imagery, including personal photographs and well known art pieces, others have conveyed their message through famous literature.

Martyn’s postcard ‘Innocence’ uses an extract from a poem by one of the world’s foremost Romantic poets, William Blake, using a photograph of a young boy as a complimentary backdrop to the words.

Blake’s ‘Auguries of Innocence’ is a well-loved work and one widely recognised for its links to the philosophical world, given the poem’s discussion of the natural world and universal interdependence.

Religious and existential imagery are present throughout the poem, as Blake mentions a host of natural items including “the wildflower” featured in the postcard’s image, said to symbolise freedom and love.

The poem is a long series of couplets emphasising the possibility of loss of vision and the need to maintain childlike innocence in order to avoid cruelty. This is a hopeful message and the poem is filled with natural imagery throughout, highlighting the restorative aspects of the natural world.

Black Rainbow author Rachel Kelly has spoken previously of finding comfort and a sense of meaning from interactions with nature, and said that poems centring on the subject proved curative during her own depression.

Kelly sought poetry that “celebrates the healing power of nature. Nature was reaching out and grabbing me by the collar as I recovered.” It is this sense of healing and harmony that is celebrated in Martyn’s postcard.

If you have been inspired by poetry or art and would like to share your thoughts to encourage others to find hope, head to www.postcardsfromtheedges.org.uk to create your own postcard.


Gemma Taylor, media assistant.