“Expectations and Realities” Poem of the Day (2023)

“Expectations and Realities”

By Ashley O’Hare

The butterflies never fluttered.

The colors never lost their monochrome hue.

There was never a ground-breaking revelation.

There was nothing special about the stroke of midnight.


The spiders crawled down my skin.

The red flags were blinding.

There were informative lessons taught.

There wasn’t a safe time of day.

No senses were spared.

No warning signs were posted

ahead of time.

Improvisation is a last resort,

not an ideal starting point.

It is the perfect recipe

to the perfect storm.

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