I Should Have

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.
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.
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

New album "Observations" available now. A veteran of NYC’s underground music scene, Mike Power played on the stages of such beloved lost venues as CBGB’s and Kenny’s Castaways, as well as stalwart surviving ones like Arlene’s Grocery and the Bitter End as singer/songwriter/bassist with Late Model Humans. In 2020, quarantining from the global pandemic he worked remotely with other artists to record a collection of new music called Observations, that infuses his punk roots with introspective acoustic pieces.

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