Pathfinder

Why can’t she be normal?

They expect her to be normal.

She tries, she obeys, she behaves

But normal isn’t  in the  cards!

For awhile, she heels;

For  awhile, she straddles the fence;

For awhile she shows spurts of normalcy;

Until weirdness wins out.

They choose her ‘vocation’

Feigning  support, they coax her

This way, that way, which way?

Her way!

She endures the stares and sneers 

She dares to go where she shouldn’t

She thwarts their unspoken (if suppressed) desire for failure.

By succeeding.

The road never smoothed for her

Odds never evened.

Actions viewed through unforgiving filters

Achievements acknowledged, misunderstood.

Unpopular choices made 

Paths less-traveled, chosen 

She is blessed; she is happy;

Normal?  Not so much!

In response to Trifecta Challenge week 36 (http://www.trifectawritingchallenge.com)

NORMAL (noun)

1: a : a normal line   b : the portion of a normal line to a plane curve between the curve and the x- axis 2: one that is normal 3: a form or state regarded as the norm : standard

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