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Prompted Poem: Expectations

by Jacob Sherman 3 months ago in fact or fiction / inspirational
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Prompted Poem: Expectations
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I was supposed to be

so many things,

so many people.

Perhaps if I'd been

melted down and poured,

with unerring precision,

by a deft and deliberate hand,

I'd have fit into the mold.

Some steely stubbornness

beyond my reckoning

refused to relinquish its solid state.

I've hated it for most of my life,

how I wish I could have behaved.

How many tears,

and how many lives, might I have saved?

The road behind me appears to be paved

with the gravely misshapen shards

of a shattered promise,

but that projection from

an outside world is only illusion. I am free

now, to decide what I expect of me.

fact or fictioninspirational

About the author

Jacob Sherman

The desire to read, and perhaps to write, should be cultivated and nurtured with care throughout every stage of life. For my part I will inject what strangeness and truth that I can into our written history. Expect no constants but honesty.

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