Jesse Ellsbury

Rookie (March 23,1982 / Washington D.C.)

They Were Mistaken


I always liked defying expectations,
so it’s no wonder that when they thought I’d be a success,
I showed they were mistaken.

I halfheartedly pursued every invitation,
even when it was clear that riches would be next;
I always liked defying expectations.

I knew there would be conflagrations,
and people said my ambition would burn before I’d rest.
I showed they were mistaken.

I live my life in between conversations,
with online profiles begging me to connect.
I always liked defying expectations.

Everybody thinks that I yearn for integration,
but I have no desire to join the human family’s incest,
so I show that they’re mistaken.

When people see me deep in contemplation,
they seem to assume I have something to regret.
But I always liked defying expectations,
and I’m happy to show that they were mistaken.

Submitted: Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Edited: Thursday, August 01, 2013
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A villanelle. I wasn't sure I could justify using such a long rhyme for the A lines, but I think I pulled it off. Let me know if I didn't.

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