The Old World

A young person can easily see the faults in the old world that is decaying and dying all around them,
and recognize the foolishness of old people who are trying to keep it alive artificially.
What they can’t see,
until they are older,
if even then,
is that their fresh new world is decaying too,
that all their bright ideas and revolutions begin rotting almost as soon as they are born,
and the glorious world unfolding in front of them
will close in behind them
in the time it takes to draw a breath.




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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