Feast and Famine


“Germany’s Children Are Starving!” by Kathe Kollwitz, 1924

Feast and famine

Binge and purge
Celebrate and sacrifice
What goes up
Is going to come back down
Somebody is going to pay the price
Turning the world upside-down

Let them have some freedom

And when you turn your back
They’ll turn the whole world upside down
They’ll say you’re the bad guy
You’ll be the enemy
If you try to stand your ground

There’s a new world coming

It can’t be stopped
It’s getting closer every day
The only decision
You have left
Is how much you’re going to make us pay

There’s a new world coming and it can’t be stopped

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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