What is Normal


by Shirley Riga

I feel communities pushing

Impatient for the normal

holding denial in their hands

looking toward familiar routine

I want people to get it

Act responsibly

Feel their consequences

react from their heart

I’m mindful of the hat I wear

The filters I see through

Aware of my fear

Holding love in my hand

When I leave the house

I’m wearing my

Awareness with caution

My trust and smile

Before I know it

Fear slips in

Filter changes

False evidence appears real

So easy it is to lose focus

So quick it is to call it back

My mind searches for a ledge

Of safety I recognize with practice

With the presence of my silence