Day 18

Day 18 – Total confirmed cases in US:216,722

April is not just the cruelest month – as evidenced by the sickening spiral of the number at the top of this page – it is also National Poetry Month in the US. At times like this, we hope that poetry can help heal the anguish that the horseman of pestilence has unleashed. Sometimes nothing can really help. And sometimes even healing hurts.

Healing hurts and sometimes
cruelty is the only thing that
drives the pain away and lets the scarring heal

Growing hurts and pinches all
those places trying to remain small
and easier to hide from change

Aging hurts and mocks
the certainties of youth
by turning memories to lies and conquest into shame

Love hurts both ways
Coming and going
But no pain can ever change
the heaven that lies in between


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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