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I Didn’t Expect It To Happen That Way


By Colleen Millsteed Published 7 months ago 1 min read
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I didn’t expect it to happen that way,

It certainly didn’t go as planned,

I pictured an end result,

And things suddenly got out of hand.


There were tears caused by the outcome,

Along with many moments of unfathomable stress,

Lessons I needed to learn,

To rise above the mess.


Had I known the eventual outcome,

Would I have made a different choice?

No, as I wouldn’t have grown into a better version of me,

Or learned to give my dreams their voice.


I often look back at these disasters,

Realising the road was paved in an actual blessing,

Maybe a door or two slammed in my face,

But my growth was in dire need of addressing.


The pain held within my strength,

My heart grew in compassion,

My eyes opened to a wider world,

And I became a wiser person in a fashion.


Resilience became my friend,

Solitude a precious commodity,

Practicing self love and devotion,

And I laughed in the face of my weirdness and oddity.


I realised that in the face of destruction,

When I’m feeling my greatest despair,

Life is working behind the scenes,

To bolster and patiently repair.


So I now try to hold on tight and go with the flow,

Reminding myself to honour and trust,

All is as it is meant to be,

Life is to be tried and tested until the day I turn back to dust.

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Originally published on Medium


About the Creator

Colleen Millsteed

My first love is poetry — it’s like a desperate need to write, to free up space in my mind, to escape the constant noise in my head. Most of the time the poems write themselves — I’m just the conduit holding the metaphorical pen.

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  • Randy Wayne Jellison-Knock7 months ago

    Through every experience it's either grow up or go down. It's rare for anyone to remain in stasis. I'm proud of you, Colleen.

  • This felt very reassuring, like a warm hug! Thank you so much for this poem my kindred spirit!

  • JBaz7 months ago

    A wise and wonderful way to look at life.

  • Cathy holmes7 months ago

    This is great. Love those last lines.

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