unable to prove

“If you would just try.”

disappointment in their eyes

defeated layers of books and papers

accustomed to going unnoticed

“Why can’t you be …?”

“Why didn’t you?”

just below the line

left far behind

deep sighs



© Ali Grimshaw

This poem is shaped like a bell curve to represent the people who have endured feelings of shame for not performing in a way that someone deemed as success.




20 thoughts on “Expectation

    1. I have always liked the quote,
      “Not everything that can be counted counts.
      Not everything that counts can be counted.” thought to be said by Einstein but now Stephen Ross is being credited.
      Regardless, I want to encourage reflection about the way we design systems and how they impact people.
      Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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