Unexpected Expectations

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Unexpected moments come, well,
unexpectedly.
You walk confidently, thinking your path is just a continuation of some other moment.
Peripherally though, something is amiss.
It takes a time-lapsed millisecond for your brain to notify your eyes.
You  look
and recognize the familiar terrain is somehow unfamiliar.
There is a fog you can’t see.
But it smells dark.
Your heart ramps up to beat in triple time;
in the way you know is panic, but are sure is death.
The triggers hide in the shadows, laughing at you.
Begging to be caught and beaten down.
Like the child who defies with a smile.
The same child you admire as you punish.
And, in that moment, you realize
that the unexpected moments
have actually been your own expectations
the whole time.

~jrb

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