My Poem “Expect the Unexpected”

When we are children
we are told what we can,
what we cannot, what we should,
and what we should not do...
even as we get older some people
do not want to give up their control
over their offspring and allow them
to walk on their own two feet
and give them the gift of trust and independence...
if people are beholden to too many restrictions
when they get the opportunity
some people will naturally rebel -
especially if they feel as if they have nothing to lose...
if people are told that plans have already
been made for them to do something,
without first being consulated,
then independently minded individuals
will give their own two cents
and go their own way -
because some people do not like
having the gift of choice being taken away from them...
there is an unmistakable look in the eye
of someone who is always going to buck the trend
and not do what they are told...
there is a noticeable expression on the face
of those who say one thing
but who are almost definitely going to do the opposite...
there is a path of past actions and transgressions
that when reflected upon
may be able to predict when, why, and how
someone will ultimately break the mould...
there is an unwritten rule
that even the most predictable, dependable,
and admittedly boring people
can at times surprise even themselves -
and that is why, even of ourselves,
we should all sometimes
expect the unexpected.

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