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If normal is as normal does.
Then normal is as normal was.
If normal makes it all OK.
Then normal is the only way.

If normal does not fix the pain.
Then normal is what we restrain.
In looking at what we believe.
As we’re groping to achieve.

The normal, that just went askew.
As we learned and as we grew.
The normal that we’d try to be.
The normal that we'd always see.

In the words of those who cared.
And in the words of those impaired.
For normal is as normal does.
If normal ever really was. 

By Tom Clark, Copyright 2008

Copyright © Tom Clark

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  1. Date: 1/5/2010 11:09:00 AM
    This poem was a playful in its approach on "normalcy". Of course, within in each, I sense you attempting to impart a different, more open, view of normality.

  1. Date: 12/8/2009 5:19:00 AM
    Where are you, Tom? We want to read more! (Good news, My Book 100 Poems for Life is available through Publish America or me. Dane Ann)

  1. Date: 11/27/2009 2:07:00 PM
    OH! I see. This is the one I read before. I still like it. LOTS!!! Please visit more. Smiles, Dane Ann

  1. Date: 9/20/2009 7:12:00 AM
    Congratulations on your lovely poetry being featured this week>>James

  1. Date: 9/19/2009 8:55:00 PM
    Terrific write, Tom. Very well penned. Congratulations on having this poem featured this week! Ruben.

  1. Date: 9/17/2009 7:52:00 PM
    Great write here, Tom ... who knows what it is anymore? The skeletons are falling out of the closets and the chickens are definitely coming home to roost so along with a lot of other cliches, normal is in the eye of the beholder ... wonderful selection to be featured this week here at PoetrySoup. Congratulations!

  1. Date: 9/16/2009 1:28:00 PM
    Amen my friend, this is brilliant and very true, which makes this poem anything but normal, I like your thinking, best wishes---Norman

  1. Date: 9/16/2009 4:43:00 AM
    Congratulations, Tom Clark on having your well-written poem featured this week. It charms the mind into pondering. Excellent write. Big Smile, Dane Ann

  1. Date: 9/15/2009 1:53:00 AM
    TC, congrats on having your work featured...Raul

  1. Date: 9/14/2009 3:36:00 PM
    nicely done, congrats on being a featured poet!!

  1. Date: 9/14/2009 3:53:00 AM
    Congratulations on your well deserved poetry being featured this week Tom. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 5/3/2009 1:31:00 PM
    Tom, my belated congrats in making the semi finals...Raul

  1. Date: 4/26/2009 1:31:00 PM
    The last line really sums it up ... LOL ... what is normal anymore? Great writing, Tom and now it is a "first round survivor" ... smile ... good luck in the contest.

  1. Date: 4/10/2009 4:42:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poetry making it in the semi finals Tom. Wishing you the best of luck in the finals. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 4/4/2009 10:06:00 PM
    congrats on a well desevered first round survival. wishing you all the best in the finals. love Leke