poetry by j matthew waters

If I die before I wake

never mind the world ends today
and you left so many
things undone

never mind the starving children
throughout the world
who could easily be fed
with a little capital
and alien ingenuity

never mind the excessive waste
you selfishly accumulated
and contributed
toward urban ski slopes
and 18 hole golf courses

as the world ends today
never mind racial bias
gender bias
religious bias
nationality bias
and any kind of intriguing international bias

never mind discrimination
and mistrust
especially of crooked governments
and wars unjust

never mind outspokenly peaceful men
becoming silenced as we speak
by programs perpetuated
by deceit and hatred
by programs advocating
five o’clock killings
for everyone to see

never mind all the work undone
before the world ends today
never mind how it must bother you
knowing the story
never changes

september two thousand thirteen
copyright j matthew waters
all rights reserved

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15 thoughts on “If I die before I wake

  1. Thank you for this wake-up call for all the work that has yet to be done.

  2. Overwhelmingly true and sad… *sigh*

  3. So sad and true John… this hits hard and I love it.

  4. Powerful. Quite a lot to think about. A poem in the tradition of Jonathan Swift– “A Modest Proposal”; i.e., the final few paragraphs of his essay. The world needs more poems like your “If I die…”

  5. “Masters of War”?
    Great work!
    I’m old enough to know you are so right!
    Greetings from the most peaceful country in the world, Japan! Not perfect, mind you!

  6. Very powerful, John, and sadly, true…great poem!

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