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poetry by j matthew waters

Into the Earth


In my mind I draw a square
in the very center of the garden

From there I dig into the earth
using the seasoned spade
usually reserved for plantings

The hole slowly turns into a cube
as three mounds resemble
Egyptian resting places

Further down the soil
becomes hard and cold
the clay malleable enough
to mold eternal companions

Satisfied the opening
is mathematically sound
I hold the spade at my side
sweat falling off my forehead
silently instructing the child
to bring forth her loved one
to the newly built altar



november, two thousand eleven
copyright j matthew waters
all rights reserved

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3 thoughts on “Into the Earth

  1. So what did you bury?

  2. you were preparing the ground for your poems.

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