Thursday, November 18, 2010

Justin Blackburn - One Poem

You Are Not A Normal Human Being

You are not a normal human being
I know you.
You know you
You have beautiful dreams you are fulfilling
You wake up everyday on the ceiling
And inspire your desires to radiate your feelings
You are not afraid to be yourself
Despite anyone else
You know who you are

You are not a normal human being
You are not the cheesy cliché character in the corner of the bar
Telling horror stories about how marriage is a dead dark dishcloth cemetery
You can get married and love your spouse forever and still be free
You can get a job, make lots of money, and not be a selfish, egoistical prick
No matter what happens to you, you can be happy
You are here to remember, not forget

You are not a normal human being
You do not suffer from the chaos of your own delusions
You are not ruled by the desolate confusion of other people’s illusions
You are not brainwashed by the mediocre mass media
You are the real heartfelt, breathing, bloody, soul filled essence of life
You are not a walking, talking robotic encyclopedia
You are a tender burning gentle loving light
You are not a television set glued to a graveyard

You transcend Middle America like a dark sky overflowing with bright stars
You are not a normal human being
You did not come to Planet Earth to work for green paper and die
You came to satisfy your soul, to search yourself whole,
You came to serve this beautiful world
You came to feel the joy of why

You are not a normal human being
You do not sit around all day gossiping the gospel from one tragic play to the next
You do not live your life for the sake of regret
You do not put your fellow brothers and sisters down
You do not waste your time
Your voice is a gentle, relaxing, indigo sound
That enhances and expands the space within everyone’s mind

You are not a normal human being
You are not afraid of your creator
You are not going to die and spontaneously begin an eternal burning
You are not waiting for a savior
You are here now and you are aware and you are learning
You condemn no one to hell
Instead you invite everyone into heaven
You understand and you are understood
You forgive and you are forgiven

You are not a normal human being
You touch the angels, you scare the demons, and you inspire the sun
You have no one to blame
You are not a normal human being
Because there is no such thing as one

In 2009, Blackburn had two chapbooks of poetry published the hilariously wild Farting Fire by Virgogray Press and the emotional cleansing Female Human Whispers Of Strong Masculine Gentleness by Shadow Archer Press. Blackburn has had hundreds of poems published through the literary world in magazines, literary journals, zines, and anthologies including Fissure Magazine, Semantics, Left Behind Literary Journal, Speed Poets, Open Mind’s Quarterly, Decanto, Angel Voices, A &U’s America AIDS Magazine etc. He has featured and performed in numerous venues/colleges/high schools across the country including Brick City Poetry, Verse Works, Witsend, TRAM Arts Festival, Converse College, Leaf Festival, Louder Arts, etc. Find more of me writings books at

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