Florilegium Archive · Papercuts and Scribbles

September 2021 – Normal People

Poem inspired by Normal People by Sally Rooney

What are you thinking about?
She researches the ideological backgrounds 
of the journalists who
have heated debates about books they had not read.

Hypocritically disgusted by the drunkenness
of everyone around him-
the beer is cold but the glass is room temperature.
The last corner of the label peels off
folded between his fingers; feeling anxious.

I do sometimes think God made you for me;
there are worse things...
A crest of white spills over the lip of the bottle
and then disappears like air.
Why didn't I marry you?

There is no secret eagerness to be discovered-
no one can be independent of other people completely.

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