I like people…


I have my body
I have my love
I have my hunger and thirst
I have a trunkload full of memories
And a few tidy piles of illusions

I have columns of numbers that don’t add up
And wings that never learned how to fly
I have mirrors that don’t reflect a thing
And mountains that are empty as holes

I have a piano that can’t hold a tune
And glasses that sound just like a horn
I have destinations I used to call home
And a life I forgot how to live

I have lots of answers
And even more questions
But I can’t remember which is which

I like people who are lousy liars
I like people who think about the truth
I like people who smile when their heart’s breaking
And people who are scared of breaking hearts

I like people who wake up laughing
And ones who cried themselves out long ago
I like people who sing in the shower
And go to work even when they don’t want to

But most of all I like people
Whose eyes get bigger
When they are looking into mine

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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