Exemplary Expectations

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic


I am not like everyone you see
I never ever wanted to be
I'd think and look at things differently
Widening my point of view indefinitely 
I make it a point to avoid stress 
Not living by some expectation I find pointless
Though the best way some describe me is lazy
but I bide my time as I move proactively
I am misunderstood and it's not necessary
Though I understand, not doing what is expected 
Because the truth is I am nothing but exemplary
I am an oddity you see, and I shine unaffected 

I was living a life with much to prove
So many ways and limitless paths to choose
I was young, trying to consider my options
most of my ideas was a series of strange concoctions
Wondering every day how I got to this place
Trying my best not to end up a sad disgrace
Working harder every day 
It was a small sacrifice I willingly pay
But despite my best efforts, it was not enough
I will be honest,  life was tough

I was afraid of failing and disappointing
Not willing to take unnecessary risks
Again starting from zero became frustrating 
at the time, there were conflicts
I was too headstrong and did not listen
I was unable to catch the vision
My pride and shame, as well as my fears, held me bound
I fell Rejected upon the ground
Raising my voice and my fist with a shout
I can no longer continue down this route
Something had to give 

I had a wonderful family this is true
They pulled me up when I was blue
I could smile freely and they would too
When I got older they began to question
I’d fallen behind having stepped out of line
Hoping each day the sun would shine
I’d fall lower than ever before
This was not what I wanted
My growth was completed stunted
Many Times they misunderstand my intention
Seeing them as lack of revelation
The truth was anything but
I was not lost just in a rut

I worked hard doing things only once
Not always perfect, but I gave every ounce
I followed through with confidence
Now my accomplishments are met with silence 
Many time they go unseen 
Hoping they too could see the hidden in between 
I have fallen into quite a spot, down as if shot
My heart and mind was filled with doubt 
For a time that’s where I stagnated
Never a change nor elevated 

Till that one glorious day
When the darkness could not stay 
An opportunity arose and I dared not linger
I rose from my station ready at the trigger
And without hesitation, I took my shot
The mold was broken and shattered
The remnants left tattered
For light had paved a new way
And by hope and faith remain to stay 
It was a road filled with rock and brush, unkempt
But I was no longer the same, truly exempt
Though far I could see the light and end
almost too much to comprehend 

Desperation kicked in without restraint 
Casting aside my doubts without constraint
I went under a transformation 
no longer bound by the shackles, true liberation 
After so many trials and tribulations 
Having to fight and conquer my inner demons
I can finally say I’ve risen past all expectation
And I have at last caught the revelation

I am now free to do as I please 
I can tread this path with ease
ill clear the way for those behind
so they too will do so in kind


Submitted: January 15, 2021

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Penny Scribe

Well written poem, Evermore, and what a journey! I'm glad that it has a happy ending. I particularly like the sentiment of paving the way for others.

Fri, January 15th, 2021 11:27pm

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Thank you very much. Glad you enjoyed it. Yes, it was a fitting end after such a journey, to share experiences and to help others along life’s way.

Fri, January 15th, 2021 4:19pm

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