Day 40

Day 40 – Total confirmed cases in US: 869,172

Move over Noah, this flood is going to submerge us longer than 40 days and 40 nights. I have now spent a full Lenten season of deprivation.

Q:  What did I give up for lent?
A:  You, my fellow members of the human family.


A flood has a way of overwhelming everything and providing a reminder that nobody is immune from disaster. It tears families apart. You might be holding a loved ones slippery hand in yours one minute only to lose your grip the next and watch them drift away.

When the waters recede and the dove finds a place to perch again, we are going to have a lot of cleaning up to do. And a lot of the old muddy dreck, at least what hasn’t washed away, will need to be disposed of properly. It is going to take a lot of hard work and a lot of patience, but if we have learned anything from those on the front lines – the doctors and nurses; cops and firefighters; postal, sanitation, and transit workers; ambulance and delivery drivers; truckers and farmers; and the people working the cash registers at grocery, drug, and liquor stores – it is that we are capable of doing more than we ever imagined was possible. Even if we have to do it underwater for a while.


Creativity can be a flood, too. And so can love.

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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