Expect Nothing

Expect nothing. Live frugally

            On surprise

    Become a stranger

        To need of pity

Or, if compassion be freely

                Given out

    Take only enough

Stop short of urge to plead

Then purge away the need.

    Wish for nothing larger

Than your own small heart

    Or greater than a star;

Tame wild disappointment

With caress unmoved and cold

            Make of it a parka

                For your soul.

Discover the reason why

So tiny a human midget

                Exists at all

         So scared unwise 

But expect nothing. Live frugally

                On Surprise. — Alice Walker

                            Anything We Love Can be Saved