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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.
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
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.
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–
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.
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
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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