“If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” -Albert Einstein
I read a lot of Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein to my son these days. Often times, I leave these books speaking in rhyme or moved to write a child-like poem. I have learned that some messages are actually better communicated through this type of poetry. The above quote inspired the following poem, which speaks to the negative impact unrealistic expectations can have. Too often, the expectations people possess and experience cause unnecessary psychological harm.
“Fish Can’t Climb”
A fish can’t climb, a bee can’t swim,
So why might you assume they’re dim?
Snakes can’t walk or clap their hands,
No matter what their parents demand.
A hippo or elephant may look in the mirror,
Hoping they’ll see a little bit clearer,
Shedding tears over chubby reflections,
Because the skinny ones meet them with pure rejection