I Should Have

I
I should have walked over the water to the island where first contact was made with the alien people. I should have put plastic into my skull and listened to copper and larynx and air. Instead I found answers that had been all used up, incapable now of any meaning. The answers I found in my own secret places were worn beyond exhaustion.
II
I should have gone down to that place underneath saintly land where there’s still sacred ground. I might have met somebody there who could pull a string or pluck it, could sing a song or dance, who could make me feel lucky again.
III
I should have taken a good long drink from the bottomless well of obscurity. I might have learned something, but probably not. I might even wake up, but probably would have just found myself sickened and sleepy and angry and dizzy and deeper in debt to the grave.

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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