Building Palaces

 There is no place now that is safe for my gaze
 No soft landing for my eyes
 Once things turn hard it’s hard to make them soft again
 It’s cold enough to crack my lips
 and fill my lungs with frozen molecules of
 whatever it takes to
 build these palaces to winter
 I remember building palaces to other things
 The palace that we built in memory of
 ancestors too important to forget
 and too far gone to remember
 The palace that we built to celebrate
 our victory over enemies and diseases
 and ideas that had become both
 The palace we built just because we were strong
 and had to do something constructive
 with all that energy
 And the palace we built for love
 that wasn’t a palace at all
 but was a safe place and warm for us to rest together 

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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