Life’s Biography of Normals and Ironies

Life’s Biography of Normals and Ironies

Life’s Biography of Normals and Ironies.

Life’s Biography of Normals and Ironies

Roses can grow in forests;
trees in gardens.
People have faces that have been reshaped.
they’ve been to places,
they’ve passed through stages and have left their traces.

Workers are paid wages,
cents are meant to pay for the bills and the rents
but sometimes— most times, they are spent on some irrelevant basics.
Houses breed strangers—at least, in most cases.

The earth consists of mortals who through portals
mastermind inventions that create several issues.
Elsewhere, friends become lovers and lovers become friends.
Enemies become sworn ones or make amends–
then they are left with memories or regrets.

Beauty models,
Ugly scoundrels;
Opportunity changes,
Achievements lead to successes—
Successes are un-fulfillments in some cases.

On the other hand,
greed leads to desperation which in turn
leads to more greed;
Disguises are pretenses used in desperate cases.
Politics is the definition of deception;
politicians create perfect pictures
yet they are all illusions—
their speeches are nothing but touches of sarcasm.

Preachers preach sermons
Media disperses information
Each day at each turn there’s a story to be heard
Gossip whispers and rumors ramble
[Can there be something new we haven’t heard yet?]

Mountains and valleys;
Ups and downs
Frowns wear smiles only turned upside down and
Miles are either up or down town.

People laugh not necessarily because something is funny
Or because they are happy
But they laugh anyway.

Freedom has an atom of slavery,
in slavery there is no freedom—
the only freedom anyone has,
is bound by some rules
which makes one a slave to some extent.
But if there are no rules then
Freedom is slavery because those who have no rules
are slaves to themselves! Yet laws are made and
rules can be broken even by those who have made them.

Abducted ladies, aborted babies
Drugs and confusion

Wars aren’t only about the guns and bombs,
they are also about words and actions.
Questions lead to discovery and war.

Comedy speaks truth sometimes;
while laughter laughs with happiness and joys celebrate.
terrorists attack— suicide bombings
thieves steal— kidnappings
natural disasters— hunger strikes
people crying “Please save us”
newscasters mostly report events that make you sit on the edge.


Science and technology proffer solutions.
yet there are more problems;
More questions, fewer solutions–
Unanswered questions!

We laugh, we cry
We fall, we rise
We live to die to live another day.

Different happenings in different places
at different stages at different moments— [sometimes at the same time]
yet everything different is not exactly as it seems.
It is complicated—at the same time, it is closely related.

This is life and everything else in between.

Written and Performed by Viano Dee. Instrumental: Sugar Soul by Bruno E.

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About Life’s Biography of Normals and Ironies

Life’s Biography of Normals and Ironies is a complex spoken word poem that talks about life from various aspects yet without a flow or link. First, it starts with nature then moves to surgery: “…people have faces that have been reshaped.” In this context, surgery involves two aspects: physical surgery and surgery that has occurred as a result of experience. For example, a happy person who has become sad, a loving person who has become mean or vice-versa as a result of the experiences they have encountered.

Next, it talks about how people work to get money so they can meet their needs but most times end up with things that they think are needs but aren’t (e.g irrelevant gadgets). This, in turn, creates “anti-socialism” where people would rather be glued to their gadgets than their loved ones– which is an irony since social media was designed to make people social beings. I should probably let you figure out the rest. 😀

The poem is layered with ideas: some lines are easy to understand while others have deeper meanings. In summary, Life’s Biography of Normals and Ironies simply presents life the way it is– everyday issues at different times and different places with no link or structure whatsoever.

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Viano Dee

Non-niche blogger. Poet. Songwriter. A hardcore romantic. Her write-ups could take any form: poetry, articles, and even songs in ways that'll inspire you, resonate with you, or tell a story while keeping you both informed and entertained.

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Morgan Baby Got Balance

I think the breakdown of surgery via experiences in life is a very interesting concept. Thanks for sharing!


Thank you so much, Morgan.

Lori Bosworth

This poem captures life’s challenges, contrasts and hypocrisy. It definitely makes you think twice about your own values.

Reply to  Lori Bosworth

Wow! Nailed it! I was a little nervous that people won’t get it. Thanks so much, Lori.

Luci Westphal

Wow, what a complex and thought-provoking, yet easy flowing poem. I suppose the poem itself is like life and everything in-between. It’s so cool that we can listen to your (beautifully accented) voice delivering your poetry while reading your words. And I appreciate that you give us the context of your thoughts behind your creation.

xx Luci

Reply to  Luci Westphal

Thank you so much, Luci. Exactly, that’s what the poem is about— just like life, it takes you by surprise. You never know what follows next.

Kristine Nicole Alessandra

I love the part when you wrote about the irony of “freedom.” That made me really think – Are we really free? Set rules and standards do not really define freedom.


Yeah, Kristine. I like that part too.


What a throught provoking poem, but what is normal and there are so many ironies I suppose it depends on the individual

Reply to  StressedMum

Thank you, StressedMum. True, interpretation depends on the individual but the “normal” in the poem regardless of how many ironies there are, is that that’s the way life works on a daily basis. It is full of conflict and because it is regular, it has become a normal thing. Life is full of surprises and that’s normal.

Sauumye Chauhan

I always love reading your posts!!! This poem is so thought provoking and yet easy-flowing.


Thank you so much, Sauumye.

Lush Fab Glam

Such a brilliant poem, life really is series of ironies. You have a gift thank you for inspiring us.

Reply to  Lush Fab Glam

Thank you so much for the kind words, Lush. Truly appreciate it.

Maysz Adrias

I’m a huge fan of poetry and I really love to read this! I like the choices of words keep writing 🙂

Reply to  Maysz Adrias

Thank you, Maysz.

Eric Gamble

Interesting spoken word…you got me at the :

Freedom has an atom of slavery,

in slavery there is no freedom—

the only freedom anyone has,

is bound by some rules

which makes one a slave to some extent.

It made me thing if freedom has an atom of slavery then Slavery MUST have an atom of freedom. SO as I smoke my cigar, I think…is the atom of Freedom in Slavery the freedom from having to make choices?

Reply to  Eric Gamble

Wow! That’s an awesome thought. It does make sense. I guess…yes!


I like the irony on these. one time we laugh, one time we cry… sometimes we are on top sometimes, bottom.. it teaches us many things but it will still depend on how you’ll take it.

Reply to  Michael

Thanks, Michael.


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