‘How to Function in Society’

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(A poem written from a prompt as part of last year’s April PAD Challenge from Writer’s Digest – the prompt being to write a ‘How (blank)’ poem.)

How to Function in Society

‘How do you live each day
Maintaining that illusion
That you are perfectly normal?’
The awkwards among us ask,
Fumbling their way through it all.
I’m still not entirely sure I know.

How to stop your words slipping
Into stuttery, slushy gibberish.
How to stop your twitchy eyes
Falling to your sheepish shoes.
These secrets are the fabled key
To function in common society.

Sadly I have not yet unlocked
What comes to others so easily.
I serve my speech in slipshod
With a quivering, shaking spoon.
I cloud the purity of silence
With my compulsion to fill it.

So the answer, fellow awkwards,
Is still something that eludes me,
So just dither through best you can,
Talk like they do, walk like they do
And then just maybe you too
Can join the tribe of the normals.

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