And Just Like That The Summer Ends

And just like that the summer ends
With the whistle of a rocket and the hiss
that escapes from a canfull of bubbles
With a muffled sound that is either a cough
or the long sigh that follows surrender
And just like that the summer ends
The calendar turns to October
The clock will turn back but just for one hour
and nothing else ever turns back or regrows
or blossoms or fades into softness and warmth
And just like that the summer ends
With no time for excuse or permission
With no appeal to reason, persuasion,
reconsideration, patience, or mercy
Without even taking a breath before the plunge
And just like that the summer ends
It gathers up all its belongings,
packs them into impregnable shells,
scatters them to the labyrinth wind
and closes its eyes to the coming devastation

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 various publications, including Subterranean Blue Poetry, The Journal of Microfiction, and Sick Lit Magazine. 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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