Invisible Lines

There are lines everywhere, invisible lines, between words and minutes and people, even us. Some are as thin and yielding as a blade of grass while others are as long and impenetrable as the Great Wall of China.

You learn not to see them, or to see them, depending on your taste and needs and level of curiosity. I see rows of them right now – four horizontal ones and at least as many vertical ones stitching their way between me and the trees, and the birds, and the two women with their infant children: sisters? friends? spouses? I’ll never know.

I sit across the table from you, removed from contact by your interaction with the screen on your phone. I lie on the other side of the bed from you, removed from intimacy by divergent dreams. I can see you but not hear you. Or, I can hear you but not see you. Or, I can see and hear and even touch you, but not know you.

Illusions of solutions curl and slither across invisible lines, offering answers to questions nobody asked.

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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