High Expectations (A short poem)

Submitted for Contest #78 in response to: Set your story at a convention for a hobby most people have never heard of.... view prompt

Jan 25, 2021

Contemporary Creative Nonfiction Inspirational

Hey all, hope your day has been going well. This is a really short poem I wrote. It doesn’t apply to the prompt, and it’s under the word limit, but I kind of felt like posting it so I did. I have a feeling it’s pretty bad, so if you choose to continue, proceed with caution. Also, feel free to tell me what you think.


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I have high expectations for myself,

For what I’m meant to do.

Then I see how small I am,

And wonder if it was ever possible at all.


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When I hear of all the sorrows of our world, 

I dream of changing it for the better.

When I see all those who have suffered,

I want to save them all.


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When I hear of all those who have succeeded,

I dream of being the next.

When I see the light they have given us,

I want to thank them for helping us all.


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When I listen to music at full volume,

I dream of dancing through the clouds.

When I stare at the world outside my window,

I want to see it all.


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When I forget about all that holds me back,

I dream of living the life I always imagined.

When I tell myself this isn’t false hope,

I want to allow for it all.


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When I look up at the wide-open sky, 

I dream of breaking free.

When I feel the wind in my hair,

I want to rise above it all.


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When I stare up at the starry night,

I dream of the galaxies above us.

When I hear of all this world has to offer,

I want to experience it all.


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I have high expectations for myself,

For what I’m meant to do.

Then I see how small I am,

And wonder if it was ever possible at all.




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Maya Emerson
04:35 Jan 25, 2021

Okay, quick random poll: 1. Would you rather travel to space or the bottom of the ocean? 🚀 2. Would you rather be a vampire or a werewolf? 🧛 3. Would you rather fly or be invisible? 🪄 4. Would you rather have burritos or tacos? 🌮 5. Would you rather the whole world be in warm colors (red, pink, orange, yellow) or cool colors (green, blue, purple)?🌈 My answers are: Space, werewolf, fly, burritos, warm colors What are your answers and why? :D

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Nainika Gupta
02:50 Jan 26, 2021

heya!!! I would... 1) ocean 2)werewolf....theyre hot :D...most of the time 3) invisible - THINK OF ALL THE STUFF YOU COULD DOOOOOO 4) Tacos....easy short and delicious 5) cool colors ... they suit mah mood XD

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Maya Emerson
02:53 Jan 26, 2021

Nice!!! Lol you could do so much stuff being invisible! :) XDD

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Nainika Gupta
14:42 Jan 26, 2021

yaass you could!!

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Maya Emerson
14:48 Jan 26, 2021

:DDD

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Danny ~
03:14 Jan 26, 2021

hellooooo 1. space causeeee jellyfishes :< 2. werewolf...floofy puppies...ehhh what's the difference? (I mean Nainika wasn't wrong when she said werewolves are hot most of the time ;)) And also, if vampires are iron defficient... can't they take multivitamins lol (pls. dont come for me vampires) 3. flyyy, if you had wings what would you do? 4. burritos, cause i never had tacos before 5. cool colorssss :)

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Maya Emerson
03:22 Jan 26, 2021

Lol good idea, vampires should take vitamins. XD

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Danny ~
03:28 Jan 26, 2021

Yeah, so much better than blood, it's gooey and sometimes there are chunks (I think I can hear a faraway vampire saying 'but that's the best part') lol

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Maya Emerson
03:29 Jan 26, 2021

Ewwwwwww XDDD

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Danny ~
03:31 Jan 26, 2021

Lol I didn't realize where I replied from, but yesss, ewwwww

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Amany Sayed
04:46 Jan 26, 2021

1. both are equally mysterious, but I'm more curious about space. are or are not aliens real?? 2. vampire, 110% 3. fly, but it's gotta be on comand 4. haven't tasted a proper taco yet so *shrug* 5. Can't answer. I love all colors too much! Cool and warm colors each have their own vibe, cant live without one. Art would be less cool too.

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Maya Emerson
12:48 Jan 26, 2021

Good choices! XD

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David Brown
03:23 Jan 27, 2021

God has high expectations of you too. Let the Holy Spirit help you make anything possible. Phil 4:13

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Maya Emerson
03:32 Jan 27, 2021

Thank you, David!

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21:55 Jan 26, 2021

1. CAN'T CHOOSE!! 2. Hmm wolf 3. Be invisible, I've been wanting to do that my whole life lmao 4. I CAN'T DECIDEEEE I LOVE FOOOD 5. Cool colours

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Maya Emerson
22:02 Jan 26, 2021

Yayyyy!!! Wolf group! :D

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22:25 Jan 26, 2021

Haha

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Maya Emerson
22:29 Jan 26, 2021

Lol I honestly don't get why people say vampire, who would want to drink blood and always be in the dark? XD

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21:18 Jan 29, 2021

XD I dont mind the dark but its the blood part thats kinda creepy

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Maya Emerson
21:30 Jan 29, 2021

Yeah. :)

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05:12 Jan 26, 2021

I loved this poem! I really enjoyed the way that at the end of each stanza, you ended it with the word "all". The moral to this poem was also a very relatable one for me, amazing work!

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Maya Emerson
12:46 Jan 26, 2021

Thanks so much, Cookie! :DDD

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16:09 Jan 26, 2021

Yw! :D

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Loved this short poem. The hidden meanings were prefect and the simplicity was amazing. For your poll: 1. Space. I hate ocean 2. Vampire 3. Invisible 4. Tacos 5. Cool

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Maya Emerson
16:37 Jan 25, 2021

Thanks, Blue! Yay, more answers for the poll! :D Btw a bunch of people from Reedsy are playing skribble (an online pictionary game) today at 3:30 EST if you want to play. :)

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I can't sorry because I would still be in school

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Maya Emerson
17:20 Jan 25, 2021

Oh, okay. :)

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Nora K
15:13 Jan 25, 2021

Hey, Maya! This poem is told in such a simplicity, such an accuracy, such a magnificence. It is adequate, calm, quiet and inspirational, meanings hidden beautifully. Marvelous job! This was utterly spectacular! As for your pol: 1. Would you rather travel to space, or the bottom of the ocean: The bottom of the ocean. Scuba diving is on my bucket list! 2. Would you rather be a vampire, or a werewolf: A werewolf. I mean, they’re awesome. 3. Would you rather fly, or be invisible: Given the fact that I could easily escape a murderous colony ...

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Maya Emerson
15:56 Jan 25, 2021

Thanks so much, Nora! Lol XDDD Btw people from Reedsy are playing skribble (an online pictionary game) at 3:30 EST if you want to play. :)

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23:38 Feb 04, 2021

OMG! THIS IS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING, BESTIE! Everything you said reigned true, and it was absolutely beautiful. I could never write poetry, especially like this! :DDDDDDDDD Your bestie, Brooke

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Maya Emerson
23:42 Feb 04, 2021

Thank you so much! Aww, I'm sure you could! :DDDDD Your bestie, Maya

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23:56 Feb 04, 2021

You're welcome so much! I doubt that, but thanks! :D Your bestie, Brooke

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Maya Emerson
00:01 Feb 05, 2021

I don't doubt it! ;))))))))) Your bestie, Maya

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01:31 Feb 05, 2021

Aw, thanks, bestie! :DDDDDD Your bestie, Brooke

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Maya Emerson
01:45 Feb 05, 2021

:DDDDDDDDDDD <333333333333

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Lillian Brooks
07:10 Jan 27, 2021

Hi, Maya! I love the poem, its beautiful and elegantly written. It's also super relatable and touching. Amazing!

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Maya Emerson
13:41 Jan 27, 2021

Thank you so much, Lily! :D

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Lillian Brooks
17:47 Jan 27, 2021

Hehehehe ;)

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Danny ~
01:12 Jan 27, 2021

Heyaaaa, how are you? How long do you think the fruit names will last? Idk when to change it back...maybe when everybody changes theirs as well?

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Maya Emerson
01:18 Jan 27, 2021

Good. :) But I can't work on my story cause I don't know what should happen. :/ Lol I was just about to change mine back, once I find a cool profile picture. :D

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Danny ~
01:20 Jan 27, 2021

Ohh, I can't choose a profile picture either, but I found one with muted colors and I love it.... Oh, I can't work on mine either lol, I was supposed to post it yesterday, hoping I would've finished by then, buttttt......eh

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Maya Emerson
01:28 Jan 27, 2021

I changed mine. :D What the story about? (if you can say) I wish I could finish mine, who knows, maybe if I concentrate. My brain isn't really working, though. XD

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Danny ~
01:33 Jan 27, 2021

Oohh I'll probably change mine as well, lol it's getting awkward to pull it off since everybody's been changing theirs as well... Hmm, it's in the form of a letter, the story....that why I don't think it can reach up to 1000 words

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Maya Emerson
01:34 Jan 27, 2021

Oooh, that sounds really interesting! :D

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Poll- 1. Travel to space chause its cool:DD 2. Werewolf!!!! Love wolves<33 3. Invisible! I could do so much... 4. Tacos! 5. Cool colors.

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Maya Emerson
23:48 Jan 26, 2021

Yay!!! :DDD <333

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16:33 Jan 26, 2021

I forgot if I did this or not?? 🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓🍓

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Maya Emerson
16:36 Jan 26, 2021

Lololol thx idk if you did

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16:36 Jan 26, 2021

Ha lol

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Ivy Hatherall
07:29 Jan 26, 2021

🍓 (lol) This is a beautiful poem you've written. Very creative and it made me smile! If you don't mind me asking, what was your intention for the poem (e.g. the message you were trying to convey, your first ideas)? Sorry, I'm just curious! A little bit of critique (you can ignore this): This sort of poem usually has a specific structure to stick to. (e.g. rhyming patterns) Yours was written in a wonderful style and I loved your use of repetition (the "When" and "All" at the beginning and end of each verse and also the starting and endin...

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Maya Emerson
12:43 Jan 26, 2021

Thank you so much, Ivy! I'm honestly not really sure what the message was, I just kinda wrote it. Lol Thanks for the suggestion, that's really helpful. If I do write another poem that's definitely a great idea to make it flow better. Thanks for the strawberry. :D

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Ivy Hatherall
20:19 Jan 26, 2021

:) You're welcome and I'm glad I could help!

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Maya Emerson
20:43 Jan 26, 2021

:D What are your opinions on the poll?

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Ivy Hatherall
02:44 Jan 27, 2021

Hmmm.... 1. Bottom of the Ocean (I love the ocean except I'm scared of jellyfish so I better be wearing a full-body wetsuit) 2. Vampire because I'm terrified of the sun anyways 3. Invisible 4. I'm a picky eater so... neither? 5. I'd actually like the world to just be 50 shades of grey ;) 6. *realizes there isn't a 6*

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Maya Emerson
02:46 Jan 27, 2021

Lol :DDD

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I don't believe it when you say it's your first time writing a poem. They sound kind of like Edgar Allen Poe's. Awesome job Maya, keep writing more poems!! :)

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Maya Emerson
22:27 Jan 25, 2021

Thanks so much, Haripriya! Want to answer the poll? Lol :D

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Yessss. 1. Space 2. A vampire who doesn't suck blood...lol 3. Flyyyy 4. TACOS ALL THE WAY 5. Cool colors Fun poll!

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Maya Emerson
22:31 Jan 25, 2021

Yesss, vampires are cool and immortal but it would be gross to drink blood. XD Thanks!

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Your welcome Maya, and yes, you're totally right. But I just wouldn't wanna be a wolf...that's all. :)

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Maya Emerson
22:48 Jan 25, 2021

Vampires can't go in the sun. though.

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Okay... so maybe this is just absolutely astounding because I was listening to 'little miss perfect' (exact same vibes) in the background, but... wow. So many people need this, yet the same people ignore the problem that's always been there. Lol, time to answer the pol below too, bc I have literally nothing to do rn. 🍓 1. I have agoraphobia and hate water so... neither. 2. Lol... both 3. Invisible. But on and off. 4. Tacos 5. I'd want them to change depending on the season. Maybe cool in spring and winter and warm in summer and fall.

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Maya Emerson
13:33 Jan 25, 2021

Thanks! I agree. Yay, someone did the poll! XD Btw we're playing skribble again at 3:30 EST if you want to play. :)

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I'll try to join if I can! I used to have an entire custom list with my friends a year ago, but covid made us stop (and teachers, lol)

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Maya Emerson
13:36 Jan 25, 2021

Yay! Lol :D

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Maya Emerson
20:05 Jan 25, 2021

I'll send it in like 20-30 minutes, at 3:30. Maybe we're in different timezones?

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Maya Emerson
01:51 Feb 02, 2021

Someone that was coming on all of our Skribble games today and saying "AYYYYYY" and offensive stuff. We think he's either a hacker or more likely a troller/ spammer/ downvoter on reedsy (which might have been how he got the link) He was awful! :/ Ugh

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Like bad words? He sounds terrible! ImsorryIhateHim UGHHHHHHHHHH

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Maya Emerson
01:53 Feb 02, 2021

Like rude stuff, kinda like "Edward Cullen" did. I do too. XD

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Wow...D:<<<<<<<<<< XD SHIP WAR XDDDDDDDDDDDDDD

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Maya Emerson
01:55 Feb 02, 2021

XDDDDDDDDD

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Maya Emerson
01:56 Feb 02, 2021

Just a suggestion, maybe don't ship Isaac with anyone cause he's younger. Also, he would get upset maybe. XD

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