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poetry by j matthew waters

american apathy


i heard it through the grapevine
was playing on the radio
when they interrupted to announce
the president had been shot

it was the marvin gaye version
the one released a year after
gladys knight & the pips put it out
back in nineteen sixty-seven

i tried calling the radio station
to ask how necessary it was
to cut into such a classic song
but i just couldn’t get through



october two thousand twelve
copyright j matthew waters
all rights reserved

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4 thoughts on “american apathy

  1. brudberg on said:

    Great one, funny and still sad 🙂

  2. angelaejkoh on said:

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