This Bastard Dance

This bastard dance
Of furtive movements
And stumbling steps
Has broken my self-confidence

I’m going to miss
The sound of your footsteps
Seeing you smile
And hearing you sing

This bastard dance
Has twisted my ankles
Shattered my kneecaps
And dislocated my hips

I’m going to miss
The nervous way you play with your hair when you talk to me
I’m going to miss
The way you touch the part of my heart I thought was safely hidden away
I’m going to miss
This bastard dance

Published by mikepowernyc

Named one of New York's Best Emerging Poets 2019, my poetry chapbook The New Normal was published by Analog Submission Press. My novel The Zoo was published by Cacoethes Publishing House. Other poems and short stories have appeared in various publications, including Subterranean Blue Poetry, The Journal of Microfiction, and Sick Lit Magazine. Other works include a staged reading of my play Digging Up John Barrymore, performed by Dreamcatcher Entertainment, and five albums of original music recorded with my band Late Model Humans.

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