Expect Nothing Poem by Alice Walker

Expect Nothing

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Expect nothing. Live frugally
On surprise.
become a stranger
To need of pity
Or, if compassion be freely
Given out
Take only enough
Stop short of urge to plead
Then purge away the need.

Wish for nothing larger
Than your own small heart
Or greater than a star;
Tame wild disappointment
With caress unmoved and cold
Make of it a parka
For your soul.

Discover the reason why
So tiny human midget
Exists at all
So scared unwise
But expect nothing. Live frugally
On surprise.

Michael Morgan 20 March 2012

Wonderful stoical sentiments economically unrolled. Great poem!

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Mekhi Jackie 20 May 2018

Yup I agree

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Kainwo Moses 12 July 2009

The world would be a better place if all were to live like this expecting nothing. The world would be rid of suicides. My ambitious spirit tells me I can. Yes I can!

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Karen Deeks 10 March 2012

Beautiful words so finely put...

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Molaire Jules 11 August 2007

Inspirational Poem!

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Rafique Farooqi 16 November 2023

Very nice advice to face troubles in the life.

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Bharati Nayak 21 July 2022

Expectations from others may disappoint you! Even if it is love, if your expectation too high, it will lead to pain.Expect nothing from others and be happy.

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Anna 20 July 2022

Start working from home! Great work for-Ever, Stay at Home Moms OR anyone needs an extra income. Get started. You only need a computer and a reliable computer connection so don't get late try…… 𝐰𝐰𝐰.𝐖𝐨𝐫𝐤𝐬𝐟𝐮𝐥.𝐜𝐨𝐦

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Chinedu Dike 20 July 2022

Great lines nicely put together

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Nabakishore Dash 19 July 2022

very beautifully crafted poem of life.CONGRATS.

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Alice Walker

Alice Walker

Eatonton Georgia
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