Delineate normal –

this foreign concept.

Does it signify that,

which is expected,

never deviating?

Your definition,

could use some work,

if what is expected,

is the strange,

the irreparable,

the dysfunctional.


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About John White

I've written off and on my entire life. It took years for me to finally take putting words together seriously. Now it's not, nor does it ever feel, like work. Writing daily has become habitual. No day is complete without words having appeared on the page.

Posted on April 26, 2015, in Poetry and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. I’m left with a question of what’s normal.
    It seems like everyone has their own definition of normal.
    Insightful poem!

    • Thank you, Amina! I think normal is too subjective to define though society wants to label everything as normal or abnormal.

    • Hi Amina. An individual thought to your question. A very generalized definition of normal would be a state of content. To wake up to a new day, to appreciate oneself for every sincere effort made – at home and/or at work, and a constant unconscious attempt to be the best one can despite many awaiting pitfalls. It’s ok whenever we fail, it’s an opportunity to learn and rise. Peace to all :), Indraneel

      • I agree to a point though I think we’re all truly unique enough that “true normal” doesn’t really exist. As long as we are comfortable with who we are, and can deal with people individually while allowing them to be who they are, then there’s no reason to consider what is or isn’t normal.

  2. I love the answer/question aspect and how you turned it around to make such a great statement.

    • Thank you, Kelly! When I wrote it I was confused since often I ask myself just how normal I am and I’ve found that I’m not really normal and I’m not sure any of us are truly normal by the strictest definition.

      • I don’t think it’s a good descriptor of anything living. Who wants to be normal? Wouldn’t that make you boring? Meeting some status quo standard in someone else’s eyes is unrealistic. That’s a relief that you aren’t normal, John 🙂

        • You bet! Why try to be normal and “fit in” somewhere? I’ve always been a triangular peg that won’t fit in the round hole. The square peg is just too…square for me. 🙂

  3. Society / the world seek “normalcy” from all of us, there’s this tremendous collective pressure to conform to a certain code. Who decided/decides? Why these labels? Why the phobia/disparaging of things that “aren’t”? As individuals we’re probably too insignificant to question back and but we can be strong enought to buck the trend and continue living in our “own manner”, as long as we’re happy doing that and cause no harm to the rest.
    As to who’s “dysfunctional”, I’m clear of that one thing! Moral – don’t judge and give the two finger salute to those who judge.

    • I agree! A live and let live approach would help all of us. Be who you want to be and allow others to be themselves whether it conforms to some predetermined notion of normal or not.

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