Monday, February 7, 2011

Expect Nothing

It's Monday, and I am struggling to make peace with the idea of Tuesday. So I thought I would share my favourite Alice Walker poem.
Expect Nothing
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 a human midget
Exists at all
So scared unwise
But expect nothing. Live frugally
On surprise.
~ Alice Walker ~

1 comment:

  1. I love this poem, thank you for reminding me to live frugally.