Tree Jealousy

How long can a man go
Out of sync with his species?

What has value for others
Is worthless to me
And what has meaning for me
Falls on deaf ears

Even the strongest connections are becoming frayed
I don’t recognize my heart

Maybe the problem supersedes species
Maybe I need to see beyond the kingdom of animals
 
If I could be a tree
That’s grown out of the dirt from a nut

I’d have stability
Roots
And the ability to open myself to the warmth of the sun.

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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