Thank You for the Madness, Jack

Thank you for the madness, Jack
And for putting it into words
For simultaneous loneliness and ecstasy
That’s a tricky wire to walk
You must have seen the plummet looming from a long way off
Maybe even childhood
You must have seen a lot of things that most of us cannot
Thank you for the sounds of your ideas
For the creaking in your bones
For the massive abdominal hemorrhage
For scratching one ankle with one toe
For thinking
And trying
And caring
And crying
And puking
And losing
For standing on your head in an upside-down world and keeping your eyes wide open

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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