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Keep your face to the sunshine
and shadows will fall behind you. -- Walt Whitman

Expectations by Barry Charman

Expectations by Barry Charman

That you’ll end the year with new

and more evolved fears


That you’ll have your heart broken

and think, ah, that’s a hurt to fill you full of life


That you’ll build higher

and forget last year had the same designs


That you’ll make sense of it all

and it’ll suddenly be a party, not a wake


That you’ll cross the divide

and become that man you could’ve been


That you’ll make something of yourself

and forget to worry about what’s lost


That the emptiness will lose another round

and the victory might fill you


That there’ll be a hand in yours

and not just a year of empty weight


That you’ll raise a glass

and put it down

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