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Expectations...a poem

Updated on June 18, 2013
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Expectations

By Tony DeLorger © 2013


Tempered by a resolute acceptance of fate,

I relent on my dreams,

confuse struggle with cosmic will,

and fall short of my own expectations.


A perceived ineptitude is but a facet of failure,

the action from perception alone,

how we see ourselves and the limitations we accept,

giving rise to failure before the journey begins.


Alone we must cast a shadow,

over both triumph and failure,

the truth a platform on which we enact our lives,

swallowing the bitter and the sweet.


How we grow from mistakes defines us,

gives credence to the notion of a journey of worth,

always tested, always backs to the wall,

we struggle within ourselves to find that moment of balance.


Freedom comes from acceptance,

that the world is harsh,

bad things happen to good people,

and rarely does life ensue as planned.


We should expect nothing, and everything,

and when it's all over,

be grateful for all the pain, the joy and love offered,

never regretting a single thing.



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      Tony DeLorger 4 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thank you Elias, I'm glad you relate to my work. Thanks for dropping by.

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      Elias Zanetti 4 years ago from Athens, Greece

      "Freedom comes from acceptance"- indeed! Accepting the good as well (along with those rests that might follow ... sometimes.)

      I rated your poem as awesome, Tony DeLorger. Your writings are deep - challenging the emotions. Congratulations!

      And thank you for writing!

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      Tony DeLorger 4 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Glad you agree dailytop10. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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      dailytop10 4 years ago from Davao City

      "How we grow from mistakes defines us"

      I definitely agree. Problems and challenges are there not to weaken and bring us down but to strengthen and keep us looking forward for a better future. You made an inspiring poem. Thank you for sharing!