Touch me kindly

Touch me kindly
if you can
I don’t know if I can feel any
other touch

Speak to me softly
I will hear
I have been training my ears to
hear only quiet sounds

Look at me with love
or mercy if
that’s the best that you can do
I will look at you with love
or I will look away

Inkedmike_LI

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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