Treading Water


Treading Water


Treading water

In a time of pandemic

Holding hopes and dreams

In a bottle of formaldehyde

Waiting in line

In a duality of action

Focusing on a future

Of the unknown

And uncertain

While paving sidewalks

With quicksand

The new turf of the new normal

Embedded with the hyperbole

Of the ideologues

And the believers

As the landscape of tomorrow

Reveals a golden past

Treading water

Bruce Levine

Bruce Levine has spent his life as a writer of fiction and poetry and as a music and theatre professional. A 2019 Pushcart Prize Poetry nominee, a 2021 Spillwords Press Awards winner, the Featured Writer in WestWard Quarterly Summer 2021 and his bio is featured in Who’s Who of Emerging Writers 2020.” Bruce has over three hundred works published on over twenty-five on-line journals including Ariel Chart, Spillwords, The Drabble; nearly seventy print books including Poetry Quarterly, Haiku Journal, Tipton Poetry Journal; Halcyon Days and Founder’s Favourites (on-line and print) and his shows have been produced in New York and around the country. His work is dedicated to the loving memory of his late wife, Lydia Franklin. A native Manhattanite, Bruce now lives and writes in Maine. Visit him at 


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