Day 47

Day 47 – Total confirmed cases in US: 1,070,032


I turned the calendar to May this morning and saw something unexpected: there is nothing listed for the whole month. That never happened in the beforetime.

20 years from now, people are going to remember the last month as a mythical time. This will be seen as the first time the world shut down, the first hint of a coming age. It will take a few more shutdowns before humans, especially older ones, will come to understand that a new way of living is not just preferable; if we want to survive on this planet, it is inevitable.

We have had warnings for several years: the financial collapse and bailout of capitalism by socialism in 2008; the once-in-a-century superstorms that hit every few years; the burning of California, Australia, and the Amazon; the ascension of unfit autocrats to leadership positions across the globe; and now, the worst global pandemic in a century.

This time will be remembered as a turning point in human civilization. Which way we turn is completely up to us.




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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