She had liked facing them in the streets, she had liked the impotence of their hatred, because she offered them nothing to be hurt.
But this—a mean, smutty little horror, impotent even to frighten.
I didn’t borrow designs to hide my creative impotence—I created nothing.
There is a beast on earth, dammed safely by its own impotence.
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Lev stands there, impotent, unable to move, unable to process this.
Neal Shusterman -- Unwind
…in my mad dash for Sam—and I went airborne, landing with a jaw-popping force on the thin carpeting, jumped up, glanced back, and saw Ben Parish lying lifelessly there, arms outstretched, dark wet blotch of blood seeping through that ridiculous yellow hoodie, and then Sam screamed and I’m not too late, not too late, and here I come, you sonofabitch, here I come, and in the room a tall shadow loomed over the tiny figure whose tiny finger yanked impotently at the trigger of the empty gun.