Day 51

Day 51 – Total confirmed cases in US: 1,180,634

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I have never felt so trapped as I did a few days ago. The walls started closing in and it got harder to breathe. It felt like no choice I acted on could make any difference to my circumstance. Even time, which brings all things to an end, seemed powerless against the jaws of the trap.

It is a terrible, helpless, useless feeling to be caught in a trap. Animals have been known to gnaw their own leg off to get out of one. I know one man who is a bird that can’t be caged. I know many others who would fight to the death to defend the right to have their lead role in a cage.

I was able to get out of my trap, at least for a little while. More about that tomorrow.

As so often happens with me, a mood is inhabited by music. This song, by Jimmy Cliff, started going through my mind on a loop. Trapped:

Well, it seems like I have fallen in your trap again
And it seems like I’ll be wearing the same old pain
But good must conquer evil and truth will set me free
So you see that somewhere I have found the key
Yes, you see that somewhere I have found the key

Well, it seems like I’ve been sleeping in your bed too long
And it seems like you’ve been planning to do me wrong
But evil concentrated must be disintegrated
So you see that I’ll be walking out again
Yes, you see that I’ll be walking out again

Trapped, ooh yeah, trapped, ooh yeah
Trapped, ooh yeah, trapped, ooh yeah

Well, it seems like I’ve been playing the game for much too long
And it seems the game I’ve played have made you strong
But when this game is over, I won’t end up the loser
And you know that I’ll be walking out again
Yes, you know that I’ll be walking out again

Trapped, ooh yeah, trapped, ooh yeah
Trapped, ooh yeah, trapped, ooh yeah

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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