Day 39

Day 39 – Total confirmed cases in US: 842,624

If familiarity breeds contempt, what is it that social distancing breeds? If you are like me, it breeds a yearning to close that distance. I hadn’t realized until recently how much I enjoy people-watching. I have spent many long hours in Grand Central Station, at Yankee Stadium, at the Bronx Zoo, in the subway, and on the streets and sidewalks of my dear city,  watching the people go by, imagining the thoughts in their heads and the relationships in their hearts. I have drawn inspiration for countless stories, songs, and sketches from the expressions, the postures, and the laughter and tears of those armies of strangers.

Here’s one:

I bet you’ve got a beautiful smile that you never use
I bet you’ve walked a thousand miles in a stranger’s shoes
But I bet I never told you
Just how bad I want to hold you
Close to me
I better I never told you what the little things you do can do to me

I bet you’ve got a beautiful smile no one ever sees
So you don’t know how it can bring me to my knees
But do you ever wonder
How the spell you put me under
Makes me feel?
Do you ever wonder what the little things you do can do to me?

I bet you’ve got secrets that you never tell
I bet that you can keep a secret very well
But I bet you made a promise
To yourself that you’d be honest
So tell me:
Is it any secret what the little things you do can do to me?

Studio version of The Little Things You Do is on the Late Model Humans album Fallen Angels

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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