What If I Had Been Normal?

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – Words To Live By  (posted by Rommy)
“I think anyone who has participated here is well aware of the power that words can have at just the right moment. I reflected a little on that, listening to an NPR podcast, This American Life: The Weight of Words, especially in Act One, Go To The Mattress, where a woman reflected on the profound influence the book Little Women, had upon her life.

So for this last prompt, I want you to to reflect on words that mean something to you. They could be words from an inspirational quote, words from your favorite form of pop culture, or words said during an important conversation you had. The most important thing is that the words you choose mean something special to you. Write a poem based on those words (and please include a note too, sharing what the actual words that inspired you were).”

When my anxiety attacks
plagued me at age thirteen,
I fervently wished to be
normal. Although pain
occluded some of the joys,
I no longer have that wish.

Slew of people marched in
and out of my life. Some
I think of fondly, some
I still see. The longer
the friendship, the more
memories you have to share.

Always impulsive, I dared
to take risks–not those of sky-
diving or white water rafting–
with my own life. I lived
in other states, misread
friends, and lovers, found
myself in the hospital. But,
how I learned! I do not consider
myself amazing*; I consider
myself a little odd, a lot
of funny, sort of like an
Almond Joy candy bar.

*If you’re always trying to be normal
you will never know how amazing
you can be ~ Maya Angelou


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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12 Responses to What If I Had Been Normal?

  1. Kathleen Kittleman says:

    Yup, you are amazing.


  2. All the best people I know are a little odd. 🙂


  3. Helen L Dehner says:

    Predictable, bland ~~~ not for me! Nor for you.


  4. Normal is a terrible box.

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  5. Who wants to be normal, and what is normal anyway. I love Almond Joys… and you, just the way you are!


  6. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

    Weird is art… I’m very artistic lol!!


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