Alone

It was about five years ago that I became less involved with the mechanism of life when four of the most important people in mine became more distant, less intimate. It wasn’t all bad. My dearest dreams for two of them came true: he fell in love and became an independent man. She fell in love and became a mommy. But I miss the places all of them held in my life.
For the next couple of weeks I have to get used to the downside of being alone, to a life with nobody waving to me from the window, with no counterweight in conversation, with no aromas of vegetarian masterpieces wafting down the hall to greet me as I step off the elevator. And that litterbox isn’t going to clean itself.
But there are good things too. Nobody tells me I can’t. Nobody tells me I shan’t. No one to say “you’re doing it wrong.”

What am I gonna to do today?

Walk to the newsstand, checkout the war zone
Check the listings, see what’s good on
Oh, there’s one I’ve been wanting to see
Anyone here up for a movie? I am

Nobody tells me I can’t
Nobody tells me I shan’t
No one to say “You’re doing it wrong”
I’m at my best, I’m where I belong
Alone
Yeah, I like it

Now I’m down on the street
Hanging out with the poets and the Greeks and the deadbeats
I’m taking my time, sitting on park benches
All the glamour is right down here
This is where the trends begin
Life’s a canvas and I’m on it

Nobody tells me I can’t
Nobody tells me I shan’t
No one to say “You’re doing it wrong”
I’m at my best, I’m where I belong
Alone
I like it, yeah
I like being alone

And the other thing I like to do
Go to the graveyard and hang out with you
And sit back and have a smoke and practice my autograph
And re-read your epitaph and it says:
“Don’t you laugh as you walk by
For as you are so once was I
And as I am so you shall be
Prepare for death and follow mje”

Alone
I like it
Nobody tells me I can’t
Nobody tells me I shan’t
No one to say “You’re doing it wrong”
I’m at my best, I’m where I belong
Alone
Yeah, I like it
What are you going to do about it, huh?
Absolutely nothing
I’m going to do whatever I well please

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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