In The Morning

“In the morning when you rise unwillingly, let this thought be present – I am rising to the work of a human being. Why wouldn’t I be satisfied to do the things I exist for and for which I was brought into the world? 
Or was I made for this, to lie in bed and keep myself warm? But this is more pleasant
Do I exist then to take my pleasure and not at all for action or exertion? Don’t I see the little plants, the little birds, the ants, the spiders, the bees working together to put in order their several parts of the universe? And aren’t I willing to do the work of a human being and don’t I hurry to do things according to my nature?”
Marcus Aurelius, 2nd Century

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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