Treasure Island

Alice Walker

(9 February 1944 - / Eatonton Georgia)

Previous Month March 2014 Next Month
Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa Su
27 28 29 30 31 1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30
31 1 2 3 4 5 6
Modern Poem of The Day
Select a day from the calendar.
Would you like to see the poem of the day in your e-mail box every morning?
Your email address:
  Subscribe FREE
  Unsubscribe

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 human midget
Exists at all
So scared unwise
But expect nothing. Live frugally
On surprise.

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003
Edited: Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Do you like this poem?
2 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read poems about / on: star, heart

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Expect Nothing by Alice Walker )

Enter the verification code :

  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (3/22/2014 10:11:00 AM)

    We can have expectations but no more than we can achieve someday. When we are unable to achieve the expected we must not be disenchanted or disillusioned.Also compassion to fellow human being is a positive behaviour as well as good for community goodness. A good poem any way to read and self awareness. It likes much and also being it short one small is beautiful anyway so says. (Report) Reply

  • Dave Walker (3/11/2012 12:43:00 PM)

    A really fantastic poem, short but to the point, love it.
    May i invite you to read my poem called,
    Holy Man. (Report) Reply

  • Kainwo Moses (7/12/2009 7:49:00 AM)

    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! (Report) Reply

  • Glorr Kkk (5/8/2008 10:58:00 AM)

    this poem is soo inspirational<3.
    i have to do a huge assignment on alice walker
    and thank god i found this poem.
    it makes my day. (Report) Reply

Read all 12 comments »

New Poems

  1. Perfectly Loveable, Saturday Chikezie Promise
  2. Your 2 Blame, Saturday Chikezie Promise
  3. Love is a wonder, Saturday Chikezie Promise
  4. A Hug To Say I Love You, Saturday Chikezie Promise
  5. How Do You?, Saturday Chikezie Promise
  6. My religion, gajanan mishra
  7. Self-centered, Somanathan Iyer
  8. Human Male, Nalini Jyotsana Chaturvedi
  9. strange is the mindset!, Somanathan Iyer
  10. DREAMS........., Saturday Chikezie Promise

Poem of the Day

poet Paul Laurence Dunbar

The mist has left the greening plain,
The dew-drops shine like fairy rain,
The coquette rose awakes again
Her lovely self adorning.

The Wind is hiding in the trees,
...... Read complete »

   

Trending Poems

  1. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  2. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  3. The City Planners, Margaret Atwood
  4. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  5. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  6. If, Rudyard Kipling
  7. On His Blindness, John Milton
  8. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  9. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  10. Invictus, William Ernest Henley

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]