The Cold Light of Day

Photo by jchanders

Usually, in the cold light of day 
Thoughts of you fade away.
Today they stayed.

I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not
I’ve seen it both ways
It’s just something to live with now, like mortality.

I went to the park today.
You know the place.
I closed my eyes for a long time
let the sun warm the skin of my eyelids
and remembered.

That’s the curse: I can’t forget.

I can’t forget when life was better.

I can’t forget being calm and excited at the same time.

I can’t forget the string of dreams tinged with pink and gold.

I can’t forget the promises my younger self to made to this tired heart.

I can’t forget what you did to me. What I did to you. I can’t forget.

I can’t.

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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