Your High-Wire Act

Watching you negotiate your mundane existence is like watching
A performer on a tightrope:

Such otherworldly balance and poise
Such easy fearlessness

How do you do it?
It must have come at an early age,
The fires that forged your steel
The earthquakes that trained your steps
The weakness that made you strong

I wonder sometimes if you ever regret learning how to perform
Your high-wire act
Do you ever get tired?
Dismayed or
Do you ever get impatient to feel
Gravity’s inevitable pull?
Do you ever wonder what it would be like
To join us,
The fallen?

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 Subterranean Blue Poetry, The Journal of Microfiction, and Sick Lit Magazine, among others. 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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