Tuesday, May 15, 2012


[A meditation on the expected & unexpected—& how these morph over time—by Carmen Leone. Enjoy!]


In simpler times,
surprises seemed simpler:
friends dropping in,
finding exactly what you were looking for at half the price,
discovering a classic in the second feature
when you went for the main attraction.
Today, when such things happen,
they seem normal, almost expected.

Today, my surprises seem monumental,
almost always jarring:
Marriages go under.
Devout acquaintances have affairs.
A major institution goes belly-up,
Major melt-downs happen
to people and things
I was sure I could count on,
like banks
and friends,
and myself.

                                                                                                                  OCT 4/09

Carmen Leone
© 2009-the present


  1. A neat conflation of the personal and the universal. I share the surprise about surprise!

    1. Hi Dick: Well said! Thanks for stopping by.


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