Like the pain that falls onto the heart
During restless sleep
Strength also comes drop by drop
Bringing clarity to the obscure
Bringing answers to questions we don’t ask
Bringing a whip to the circus

Stronger even than hate
More persistent than fear
Undeterrable, wild-eyed, ecstatic
Burning hidden under ashes
Biding eternity
Patient, kind, unquenchable

Strength waits in the shadow and watches
For the slip of the tongue
For the fall to the knee
For the cleansing vomit
For the extinction of hope

When the tide turns and the ocean retreats
Broken shells sparkle in the starlight
Dead bodies litter the sand
I find you there holding my hand
Telling a joke
Humming a tune

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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