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The Orchestra of Life

A Poem about Managing Expectations

By Michelle LiewPublished 2 months ago Updated 2 months ago 1 min read
Top Story - February 2024
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The Orchestra of Life
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I have thought a lot about managing expectations of late. Of course, there has been a bit of frustration over them. 

Managing expectations is an enormous part of life. I feel the need to manage expectations of parents, students and colleagues as a teacher. There are expectations of us at work. Our families expect a lot from us. Of course, we expect a lot from ourselves.

Managing expectations is a lot like playing in an orchestra. There must be open communication among its members. One must set realistic goals, and not over-promise. And of course, there must be flexibility. 

Enjoy this sonnet.

Orchestra plays, a non-harmonic blend

The audience cringes, faces sallow

The melody comes, in pain, to an end

The final note sounding hallow

Its members heads turn about

Looking for a cue

Seeking for a guiding shout

As to what to do

To render the tune melodic

The players must make it certain

Song starts to flow, notes specific

In a harmonic pattern

Members know that they must play

A song elegant and tuneful

But they never over-said the way

That the tune will turn soulful

In fluid motion, the instruments blend

To bring the song to fulfilling end. 

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About the Creator

Michelle Liew

Hi, i am an English Language teacher cum freelance writer with a taste for pets, prose and poetry. When I'm not writing my heart out, I'm playing with my three dogs, Zorra, Cloudy and Snowball.

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  • Anna 2 months ago

    Congrats on Top Story!🥳🥳🥳

  • Positive World2 months ago

    nice poem...

  • olymoolla2 months ago

    Your stat is challenging your story is so beautiful you write like this you will be a great writer I wish and yes one more thing please open my vocal id and a story come later

  • Med Karim2 months ago

    nice

  • idosa fite2 months ago

    Keep it up

  • sleepy drafts2 months ago

    Oh, this is so beautifully written. I love the comparison you make between managing expectations and conducting an orchestra. You've written this with such grace.

  • Test2 months ago

    Bravo! Your hard work is paying off—keep it up, congratulations!

  • Cathy holmes2 months ago

    lovely poem. Well done.

  • Some great things to think about from this

  • Gargie S Anand2 months ago

    Surely had some worst moments with managing expectations when growing up. Feels so heavy. The starting- "Orchestra plays, a non-harmonic blend The audience cringes".... And then the closing lines- "In fluid motion, the instruments blend To bring the song to fulfilling end." You literally summed up life. Loved this.

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