Bottlecaps and Flagpoles

I

We went to the place where the whale was pretending that she was really a dolphin. Where distance is measured in beanbags and holes, and time is measured in bottlecaps.

II

We each told the story of how we became the vulnerable creatures we are. We loosened our lips with blue label pumpkins and said our goodbyes to inadequate towels and flags that don’t reach for the top of the pole.

III

The old man was sweating and sleeping on top of an ironing board.

It is no surprise that he kept falling off and

It is no surprise that such fragile things break and

It is no surprise that broken things can’t always be put back together and

It is no surprise that we will keep trying

Published by mikepowernyc

New album "Observations" available now. A veteran of NYC’s underground music scene, Mike Power played on the stages of such beloved lost venues as CBGB’s and Kenny’s Castaways, as well as stalwart surviving ones like Arlene’s Grocery and the Bitter End as singer/songwriter/bassist with Late Model Humans. In 2020, quarantining from the global pandemic he worked remotely with other artists to record a collection of new music called Observations, that infuses his punk roots with introspective acoustic pieces.

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