This Is Not Normal

Written by Alma Claire / Art by Samantha Mbwana


far away

you spend your days

in a gambling daze

– this is not ‘just watching sport’ –


life is grey

you do not play

or remember my friends names

or hold me tight and say

the things i need to hear

– this is not ‘your dad trying his best’ – 


beg to be seen 

drag you from screen

getting tired now that I am fifteen;

too tired to fight the ‘in between’

– the pretending life is perfect –


people don’t know

they only see the ‘glow’

and so I stay stuck and alone

you still on your throne

– no one understands because you hide yourself from them – 



far away

you spend your days

in a narcissistic daze

– this is not normal –

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