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The Social Norm

Drink the drink, and take the pills, lay on the medication.
But your soul's forever lost to them without persistent dedication.
There's things we've learned, and things we will, to decide us right from wrong.
But your ears are only open, now, to a techno-logic song.
Social norms have bound you tight, then cut you awf'ly deep.
And still your soul beneath the surface begs of you, relief.
You waded in their welcome waters, thought it nice and cool
But now I'm sure you've figured out you're lost in sorrows pool
So take it from who knows you best
Someone who has passed this test:

Before you drift out in the sea And the shore's no longer in your view, I promise that I'll bring you back And if I can't, I'll follow you. Before your legs and arms grow weak And you've passed your final tier, I promise that I'll hold your hand; I promise you I'll still be here. Before your lungs are filled with water And our souls are parted once again, I promise you that you're forgiven; I promise you I'm still your friend. Before you close your sunken eyes Inviting night to kill the day Know your bright was never slight And soon you'll see your way.

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  1. Date: 2/6/2013 1:14:00 PM
    Wow, this is my favorite and the others were so good. There is a deep bond here. I will have to read it again. The drifting oot to see, reminds me of the separation from the norm. I could probably write pages lol. I'll close with great poem.

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    Date: 2/8/2013 9:45:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    This one was about my old best friend who I no longer even talk to because she has fallen into the grips of a bad crowd. Doing drugs, having sex, etc. But thank you for your presence at my work. Very kind words. :)
  1. Date: 1/27/2013 1:31:00 PM
    well done! the image of lungs filling up with water still stay with me after reading. bravo

  1. Date: 11/26/2012 8:11:00 PM
    Dana, drink the drink... love the entrance of this poem. Good poem, passing all bridges can be good meaning to others... enjoyed...pd

  1. Date: 11/21/2012 6:41:00 AM
    Enjoyed your combination of forms Happy Thanksgiving! Light & LOve!

  1. Date: 11/4/2012 9:54:00 PM
    Beautifully written - JH

  1. Date: 11/4/2012 3:49:00 PM
    What a wonderful poem thank you for sharing it with us. Excellent!

  1. Date: 11/1/2012 5:06:00 PM
    An excellent piece you have shared with us Dana'lynn. I have enjoyed reading it this afternoon. Will be back soon to read more. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 11/1/2012 4:37:00 PM
    This is a brilliant write, a masterfully written poem my friend! I really enjoyed reading this illustriously portrayed write this evening! What a fantastic piece, Great Work!!

  1. Date: 11/1/2012 11:42:00 AM
    An interesting poem Dana lynn - Have a nice afternoon. - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)