Expectation

late

broken

incomplete

misunderstood

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

“Again?”

shame.

© 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.

 

 

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She

With faint light in her eyes

hair awry and wiry

trodden down starting from the top

in the yellow sweatshirt that’s

consuming her hands

she shrinks inside

before turning the corner

a slight curve of her mouth

less than half a smile

easily missed by those

who have already decided

who she is.

© Alicia Grimshaw 2017