Lawrence S. Pertillar

Gold Star - 92,306 Points (February/'47 / Connecticut, USA)

What 'Is' Normal Behavior? - Poem by Lawrence S. Pertillar

What today is being condoned to represent,
People choosing violence to 'vent'...
Their petty and nonsensical arguments,
To disturb the atmosphere with their absurdities...
Is observed as a consent,
With a message of this sent and meant.

Could it be...
People have become numbed,
By the daily occurrences of these flagrant atrocities.
And have been conditioned mentally,
To depict those ill of mind...
As just a 'few' disgruntled.
Have lost their way on a path they can not find.

Is this illness an epidemic?
And the majority too delusioned,
Can not bring themselves to admit it.
Refusing to accept their neglect that disrespects,
A consciousness that today reflects...
An abnormalcy everyone protects.

What 'is' normal behavior?
And to whom does it apply?
Is it the one who buys weapons and guns?
To eventually harm themselves and loved ones.

What 'is' normal behavior today?
Are they who disobey and make the laws...
More normal than the ones,
Who are claimed to appear different...
With beliefs that are flawed.

Are those who perceive themselves as normal,
Ridiculously sick and afflicted by it.
To then demand they have specific entitlements,
To threaten whomever they please.
With a doing this as if...
Their wishes have been documented with a strictness,
To adhere to their freedoms and needs.

Is this 'normal' behavior?
Or is it an epidemic...
Many have become accustomed,
To admit they can not quit the flavor or their addiction.

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, January 22, 2013

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