Expectations – An Original Poem

Hello everyone, 

Happy Monday and Labor Day! It feels good to be back to a regular schedule. It also feels good to be done moving! Who knew moving could be so stressful?

One other thing that makes me feel good is cooler weather! I am definitely feeling a significant difference in temperature. 

I have been reading a good amount of poetry lately and that made me want to share some more on the blog! 🙂 I hope you all are not tired of my poems. There will probably be more to come! 

Who are some of your favorite poets? Are you a poet? Let me know in the comments below! 

I am a fan of Langston Hughes, Edgar Allen Poe, Nikki Giovanni, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. 

I wrote this poem sometime this summer, and I am wondering if I had the novel Great Expectations by Charles Dickens in mind. I was delightfully surprised by how much I liked that book despite Dickens being very long winded at times. Pip (protagonist) learns so much about how expectations are not reality, and they can keep us from missing the lovely moments in front of us. 

I continually have to remind myself that I can never reach perfection and that contentment is a necessity for humility. 

I know I am probably not the only one that struggles with this. SO without further ado here is my poem!


Expectations bring illusion

They cripple hope 

While masquerading as hope 

They ruin dreams

 While disguising themselves as dreams

Expectations bring pessimism

In all their facades of victory

They continually let you down

As you search for perfection 

You hate what you see around you

Expectations bring noise

Searching and running to them

Voices of achievement pull you

All silence is lost as you race

For the frivolous goal of making expectations reality

They barricade you from a beautiful life

They promise you a cure to a disease

But the disease was the expectations 

The rush of them turns out to be an amputation

Parts of you always lost until you give up your expectations

~ Kenedy M. 

2 thoughts on “Expectations – An Original Poem

  1. Nice job Kenedy! Thanks for continuing to share your love of poetry with your readers. I commend to you the work of two poets whose voices opened windows into their culture and communities – Gwendolyn Brooks and Mari Evans (renown in Indy).

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