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All I want is normal. 
A normal day, normal dream. 
An average night, a simple thought.

I don’t ask for much.
An average day. 
An average problem. 

I want to be like everyone else. 
Take away the things that make me unique. 
Take away the things that make me me. 

Tell you what, for one day, someone please tell me. 
What is it to be normal? 
Just one taste, one day.

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Jesse Manzo

Jesse Manzo is a Mexican American writer incarcerated on Death Row at San Quentin State Prison. He said he was diagnosed with schizophrenia auditory hallucinations in Nov. 2015.