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“Great Expectations”

“Great Expectations”

By Laxmi Parmeswar

 I can make winners of some

While devastating few others

How and where do I first come?

Nature, self, Fathers. Mothers?


Look within and nurture me

In others, don’t try to find me

Use me to fulfill your dreams

Don’t give up in rocky streams


My relationship with performance

Sometimes grounded in substance

I can drive many to success

And destroy when in excess


I play a critical role in relationships

Lovers, children, family, friendships

Don’t turn me into an entitlement

It’s a sure path to disappointment


I help when in moderation

Treat me as a supposition

I am a sure possibility

When based in reality


Don’t confuse me with an aspiration

Don’t connect me to your happiness

Just use me as a simple motivation

Don’t blame me for your bleakness


Understand my ability to empower

On a hot day as a soothing shower

I am referred to as “an expectation”

Not a promise, just a calculation!


As Eli Khamarov said, “The best things in life are unexpected- because there were no expectations.”


Choosing Happiness

Choosing Happiness

By Laxmi Parmeswar

I try to look from a distance

Your careless glance

Your whimsical smile

You are a mere memory

Though vivid and powerful


I want to find you

I need you

I am weighed down

Yesterday’s mistakes

Tomorrow’s uncertainties


Losses, pain, broken spirit

Regrets, guilt, misfortune

Tears, trials, turbulence

Invading my space

Imprinting my psyche


I will unshackle those chains

Of self-loathing, of anger

At myself, and others

Of burdens, victimizations

By others and myself


I will try to find you

Find a way to be drawn

To you, my illusive ‘frienemy’

My evasive entitlement

I am in charge of you!


I will forgive myself

I will fight, I will prevail

With relentless faith

I will drink from the cup

Of optimism, of possibility


I must act, not brood

I must hope, not give up

I must wake up, not sleep

I see you more clearly

I will find you soon


I look within, I learn

To hold your steady gaze

I access you inside me

Liberating my soul

Re-imprinting my psyche


I CHOOSE you, I have FOUND you!