Day 53

Day 53 – Total confirmed cases in US: 1,228,609

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For the last couple of months, a boat has been docked in the Harlem River, near my home. It goes out sometimes but always comes back.

Yesterday I walked over the Henry Hudson Bridge and did a quick sketch of it from the other side of the river.

This boat made me think of a song. What else is new? From 1969, Caetano Veloso’s The Empty Boat:

From the stern to the bow
Oh, my boat is empty
Yes, my heart is empty
From the who to the how

From the rudder to the sail
Oh, my boat is empty
Yes, my hand is empty
From the wrist to the nail

From the ocean to the bay
Oh, the sand is clean
Oh, my mind is clean
From the night to the day

From the stern to the bow
Oh, my boat is empty
Oh, my head is empty
From the nape to the brow

From the east to the west
Oh, the stream is long
Yes, my dream is wrong
From the birth to the death

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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