I like to live life from the fringes of the norm
I like to tempt fate and see what it does
to teach me a lesson about life.
Maybe it will bring me pain and despair
maybe some laughter and joy
But I can come out of my challenges
learning more than I can ever learn
from just sitting doing nothing
watching life pass me by.
Sometimes I hurt people just by being me
sometimes I go through life
not knowing who is around me
who I’ve offended, and who I’ve hurt
Too absorbed in my own fears
too immersed in my own world
to value yours, too.
But I am only human
and you have hurt me, too
Maybe not on purpose
but the pain is still there
so we are all the same
Although I simply live life along its fringed edges
not knowing if I will fall
not knowing how long I can hold on
but always knowing that I belong
right here within the edges
of the norm
*Found an old box of my poetry from over 18 years ago, and this is one of them
9 thoughts on “Fringes of the Norm”
I like the phrase ‘from the fringes of the norm’. Whether that’s just inside the norm or just outside it, I don’t know – but I like it. Nice poem.
Thank you 🙂
It’s been almost 15 years since I wrote that poem and it still feels an apt description for my life 🙂
Another wonderful piece 🙂
Thank you 🙂
Very beautiful and inspiring! I loved the last lines – “not knowing how long I can hold on / but always knowing that I belong / right here within the edges / of the norm”.
Thank you. This was my motto, it seemed, for the all of the 90’s. It kinda still is though.
Nice to know that. You are so inspiring!