normal (/ˈnɔːm(ə)l/)

conforming to a standard; usual, typical, or expected.

the standard

the usual

the typical or expected

is that what

what it

what about a new

with people
staring at the ground

avoiding each others

what about
the pounding
felt all through the body
of a distressed heart
each time
it ventures
beyond the boundary line
of that marks the beginning
and end of

what about
the stumbling incompetence
that manifests
in all social situations

in all

is this

the impact of trauma
changes what was
to what is

and normal
is just the way
a day
can be survived

is no longer
what it used
to be


10 thoughts on “normal (/ˈnɔːm(ə)l/)

  1. Normal is no longer what it used to be”! So true, Frank! It begs the question, though, of what normal is now, and what will it be when today’s new “normal” is also no longer what it used to be. Will we ever get to a point that sadness, or fear, or anger, etc. are no longer normal?

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  2. Frank, I understand and agree with slmret’s words, though I suspect part of your professional life sees much more into the aftermath of this year unwanted adventures than most of us would. We used to be flippant about normal, as opposed to abnormal but that too will cease. Your words here are so true with the balance of humour.

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