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Kaila George

Rookie - 409 Points (20 October 1962 / New Zealand)

Mind Set


How can one change a life time
Of motions and feelings
That never really existed for me
That dictated how my day would be
Obey and listen was all I ever knew
For as far back as can I remember
I closed myself to how other's felt
I would rather walk around like a zombie
Than listen to their complaints about life
Yet I no longer have to hide behind a mask of pain
Why cant I be who I know I can be....
Trying to be normal...was just a myth to me
But reality has reared its ugly head...
It scares the life out of me
Can you tell me what normal means to you
Never understand what that word really means...NORMAL
Can you explain that to me
Just trying to be normal feels like make believe
Just wondering....can you help me? ? ?

Submitted: Sunday, March 30, 2014
Edited: Monday, March 31, 2014

Topic(s): mind


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  • Veteran Poet - 2,641 Points Brian Johnston (4/11/2014 1:25:00 AM)

    Some people like to control others, some people like to be controlled. Sounds like for a long time to minimize conflict in your life you just tried to stay out of other's ways. That would seem like a pretty reasonable response to a potentially dangerous environment for a child. An adult might just chose to leave or run away, a child cannot. What is reasonable behavior however has little to do with what is 'normal.' Most people aren't poets or even interested in poetry and that's 'normal' for them. So clearly that is not a normal you or I should aspire to is it? In a similar fashion, 'having to hide behind a mask of pain' because basic needs (I assume) are not being met, is not a 'normal' I would want for myself either.

    And why should it be that reality is so scary? Maybe it is simply because taking responsibility for freedom to chose what you like, what interests you, who you want to be friends with was always taken care of before. You might not like it but at least you knew what was expected, that was your old normal.

    In your new normal, your choices may not always make you happy but if so you can change them, try something new, some other path, look for a better friend. Perhaps the reason 'trying to be normal feels like make believe' is because it is make believe. Just look how smart you have become dear Poet! So how in the world do you know when you have found what Normal Is (And Should Be For You) ? My guess, my friend, is that you will know you have found it, when you wake up one fine morning and realize that you have actually stopped thinking about it. That is proof positive that you've found it. I swear, it's that simple! And really the journey is not that scary. It can in fact be a lot of fun!

    Sure hope I continue to run into you along your way! Definitely gave you a 10.0 on this one, especially for openness and integrity. My favorite line was, 'Just trying to be normal feels like make believe.' Well done! (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 3,378 Points Khairul Ahsan (4/11/2014 12:48:00 AM)

    It's a wonderful poem, it touched me. Your heart speaks through these words and I hope everybody can listen. The title is appropriate and the poem underneath flows naturally like a river. The lapping of water on the shores resonate.
    Well done! I've rated the poem 10/10.
    Do not brood over it, just flow on! I think that is normal. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,867 Points Patricia Grantham (4/8/2014 12:45:00 PM)

    Just like beauty normal is in the eye of the beholder.
    There really is not a scale for normal. Every person is
    unique in ever way. Just be yourself! Nice write. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Colleen Courtney (3/31/2014 7:59:00 PM)

    Great writing! As for what is and is not normal? I believe every person has their own definition of normal.
    Don't fret over it! Just keep writing! (Report) Reply

    Rookie - 409 Points Kaila George (10/1/2014 5:41:00 PM)

    Thank you Colleen...and when did they put this reply thing in...its brilliant.

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